Monday, May 26, 2008

Theft is "devastating" to UBC

Museum of Anthropology - University of British Columbia, Vancouver

The good news is, I'm in Hong Kong, and Closet Canuck is not censored here as it was in Beijing. The bad news arrived in an email from the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology today:

The Museum of Anthropology and the University of British Columbia are devastated by the theft this weekend of 15 objects, including 12 pieces by Haida artist Bill Reid.
The loss of these art objects is a loss of cultural patrimony for the whole of Canada. We are working with the RCMP as they conduct their investigation, and are hopeful that these cultural treasures will be recovered safely.
Twelve of Reid's pieces were stolen overnight on Friday, May 23. They were all gold, and authorities fear that they will be melted down. Three Mexican art objects were also lifted during the heist.
Read the CBC's latest story here.
UBC's Museum of Anthropology
Photo by Sue Frause

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