A THIEF who hates the sound of children’s laughter has stolen one of the bronze Gumnut Baby sculptures from the CBD’s Stirling Gardens.
The two sculptures were installed a decade ago, inspired by May Gibbs’ characters Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and symbolic of the animals and trees that had lived in the gardens.
“Someone has cut through four steel anchors to remove it,” lord mayor Lisa Scaffidi notes.
“I’m sure someone must have driven past at the time and seen someone with those tools trying to cut it out of the ground.”
She’s calling for the return of the gumnut baby saying “the city is devastated by this unacceptable act of criminal behaviour”.
Stealing or vandalising art is an occasional pastime of Perth’s denizens, who also recently nicked the animal heads off the Perth GPO. Earlier this year goons snapped the Chen Wen Ling sculpture off its plinth on Vincent Street (after an entire sculpture was nicked from Sculpture by the Sea in 2012), and Ms Scaffidi once saw kids throwing jellyfish at the Claisebrook Cove boat sculpture.
Anyone with info on the gumnut babby should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
by DAVID BELL