On the Ball, a Desmond Fountain statue worth $85k, was stolen from a Paget property, where it was on loan.
On the Ball, a Desmond Fountain statue worth $85k, was stolen from a Paget property, where it was on loan.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3: Bermudian artist Desmond Fountain was yesterday “in shock” after thieves stole an $85,000 bronze sculpture.

The sculpture — owned by Mr Fountain and on loan — was stolen from a private home in Paget on Thursday afternoon.

It is the first time a work by Mr Fountain, whose art is on display across Bermuda and all over the world, has been stolen.

Mr Fountain was off the island and not available for comment.

But a spokeswoman for Mr Fountain’s studio in Flatts said: “This is the first time Desmond has had any problems like this. He’s a little in shock at the moment.”

The statue, known as On the Ball and featuring a young boy sitting on a ball, was stolen around 3:45pm on Thursday.

Two men are said to have loaded the life-size artwork into a blue and grey Hyundai car.

A police spokesman said both men were white, around 5ft 9ins tall and wearing light grey shirts and blue jeans.

Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may know the whereabouts of this distinctive sculpture to contact the Hamilton Criminal Investigation Unit on 295-0011.