For Immediate Release / November 3, 2021

Bronze Sculpture Discovered Missing

On Friday, October 29, 2021, an internal inquiry was made to the City of St. Albert wondering if one of the three brass sculptures that comprise the artwork, Ploughshares, a commemorative art piece by Gerry Nason, had been removed for maintenance, as it was not in its normal location in Ted Hole Park. On Monday, November 1, 2021 the City confirmed the art had not been removed for planned maintenance, but instead had been forcefully removed and was missing from its base. A report was filed with local RCMP and an investigation is now underway. The City is unsure how long the piece had been missing prior to the inquiry.

The missing ploughshare, entitled, “A Place to Grow”, is one of three such bronze and stone sculptures that were commissioned to celebrate the Hole family’s agricultural legacy in St. Albert. Each brass ploughshare in the trilogy depicts a key period of Ted Hole’s life. The sculptures are part of the winding trail network that makes its way through the Park. The pieces, when commissioned in 2007, were valued at $41,000 and in 2016, each ploughshare was estimated to be worth $15,000.

The City has initiated site checks of other public art pieces to ensure their integrity and security and will be cooperating with the ongoing RCMP investigation. If residents notice any criminal or suspicious activity, they are encouraged to phone the local RCMP Detachment at 780-458-7700.

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