An artwork by Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir named “Voyage”, or “För” in Icelandic, was stolen last night in Hull of Yorkshire in England; the piece was a memorial to British sailors who sailed to Icelandic waters and was first revealed in 2006.
The artist conceived of the piece as being one work of art in two countries, with the other piece located in Vík in Mýrdal, south Iceland.
The piece that was stolen was a bronze figure leaning into the ocean from a four-meter-high pillar made of columnar basalt weighing 300 kilograms and six meters in height; the piece was placed on the harbor in Hull.
Artwork Voyage in Vík, South Iceland. Photo by Bernhild Vögel
Thórarinsdóttir told mbl.is she had received a call last night and asked to give a description of the sculpture. “I was surprised when they told me as the sculpture weighs 300 kilograms. I hope they find it soon,” she told mbl.is. The mayor of Hull sent a letter to Thórarinsdóttir to inform her the statue had been stolen.
In a press release from the mayor of Hull he informed the media the statue had been stolen last night between 11 pm and midnight. Five men were caught on security cameras removing the statue.