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Sculpture missing from Chapel Hill Museum

Posted July 23, 2010

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— The Town of Chapel Hill is offering a $250 reward for the return of a piece of art stolen this month from the Chapel Hill Museum.

The orange sculpture, entitled "Landing," was initially noticed to be gone around July 8, but it wasn't reported missing until Wednesday, the town's public art coordinator, Steve Wright, said.

The 6-foot-tall by 5-foot-wide orange urethane sculpture of a girl jumping is valued at $16,000 and was on lease from the artist, Cecilia Lueza, of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Anyone with information about the sculpture can contact the Chapel Hill Public Arts Office at 919-968-2749, 919-968-2750 or info@chapelhillarts.org.

The Chapel Hill Museum, which opened in 1996, closed earlier this month because of financial issues.

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  • rickmunne Jul 27, 2010

    It's sad to know this sculpture was stolen. I've seen it in person and is a lively, whimsical, colorful piece that lifts your spirits. My kids loved it too. I hope the lowlifes thieves who did this pay for it BIG TIME.

  • thefensk Jul 23, 2010

    I guess the real question is, why lease art from somebody in Florida for the CHAPEL HILL museum. Maybe the artist went to UNC or used to live in Chapel Hill? Plenty of local artists to showcase.

  • wcumom Jul 23, 2010

    Someone wanted this "eyesore" g.o.n.e. It amazes me what people call "art" these days.

  • colliedave Jul 23, 2010

    The 6-foot-tall by 5-foot-wide orange urethane sculpture of a girl jumping is valued at $16,000 and was on lease from the artist, Cecilia Lueza, of St. Petersburg, Fla.

    The thing is "art"? Who set the value and how much was the lease? No wonder the place went under if what they displayed was this kind of "art." At least it isn't like the "time/light" tower on Capital Blvd.

  • thefensk Jul 23, 2010

    "If it is valued at $16,000 why is there only a $250 reward being offered?"

    I think this is just basic Art Depreciation.

  • TravelinMan Jul 23, 2010

    Probably was stolen by a "Clemson Tiger" while in town for a sporting event.

  • hollylama Jul 23, 2010

    Bob...your comment made me chuckle.

  • affirmativediversity Jul 23, 2010

    "Valued at $16,000.00" looks like the true artists is the marketing person...of course an honorable mention for having a vivid imagination goes to the person who thought up the value!!!

    Hey, I have one of those horrible wooden cut outs of a plump woman bending over...its hidden in my shed...if I can find it and paint it orange do you think the Chapel Hill Museum will put it on display and value it at $16,000.00?

  • bob d Jul 23, 2010

    they are only spending $250 for the reward because they had such a tight budget. possibly because they spend their money on such hideous pieces of art. i bet most are glad that the thing is gone

  • HappyGirl08 Jul 23, 2010

    That thing is scary. Some concerned parent probably hid it so as not to upset their kids! Geez

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