The Citizen, Thursday, 2nd December, 1999
Willow stolen
from Square

The artist who created a huge willow masterpiece of a Victorian lady in Winckley Square says she is not surprised the outdoor sculpture has been up-rooted by thieves.

Environmental sculptor Sarah Gallagher said:” It is a reflection of society today and one of the hazards of putting works-of-art in the public domain.”

Artistic Sarah spent a day completing the graceful structure at the Squares Tree Dressing event last month. In time it would have taken root and blossomed into a willow of its shape.

But, last Thursday night, heartless thieves escaped with the structure, leaving just three canes and an umbrella section behind.

Friends of Winckley Square chairman Tarquin Scott said:” I feel very disappointed that this has happened. We’ve tried to make the Square a nice place for people to visit and then something like this happens. But we won’t be put-off doing future events.”

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