A woman has been left ‘devastated’ after a sculpture she spent the 2020 lockdown creating was stolen while at a Jubilee street party on the weekend. Joanne Coughlan from Lawrence Grove in Henleaze was attending a street party with her neighbours over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend when the artwork was taken.
The sculpture, which is really a male underwear mannequin covered in mosaic tiles, took Joanne more than 100 hours to mosaic and has great sentimental value to her. She is now offering a £100 reward to anyone who can reunite her with her artwork and, as she puts it, “get Jack back”.
Joanne said: “We had a street party on Saturday (June 4) and he was on display on a piece of grass. The road was closed and there was no access to cars or anything, but there were a few teenagers going past on bikes and things.”
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Joanne added that she and her neighbours had been sat at a table eating with the sculpture on the grass just next to them. Nobody saw anyone take it, Joanne said that one moment it was there and the next it had just ‘disappeared’.
“It was like it was just swept away from under our noses,” Joanne said. “There were a lot of people around and we were eating right next to it.
“I’m absolutely devastated. It was my lockdown project for the 2020 lockdown and it even has that written on the bottom of the sculpture.
“I’ve only been doing this for four years. I decided I needed a hobby!
“I’m just hoping that it was students who took it for a prank. I was offered £1000 for it after I made it and I also make other things – I have a few other mannequins and mannequins legs, everything I make is quite quirky.”
Joanne has since begun putting up leaflets to help track down the sculpture she calls ‘Jack’ and is asking anyone who can help reunite her with him to call her on 07850456449. The sculpture usually resides on her staircase, next to its ‘twin’ and, even though Joanne says that her 16-year-old son is “very embarrassed” of his mum’s creations, she doesn’t plan on stopping.
“I’m working on a toilet at the moment,” she said. “We’ve just had our toilet redone so I’m covering our old one in mosaics and I’m going to have it as a water feature in the garden.”
“I’m also hoping to sign up for next year’s BS9 arts trail. I missed it this year but who knows, maybe everyone will get to see Jack then.”