Ambitious thieves take public art

It’s not like walking away with somebody else’s pen. Or packing hotel towels in your suitcase.

It’s not like walking away with somebody else’s pen.

Or packing hotel towels in your suitcase.

This theft required a ladder, a toolbox, a little bit of know-how and a lot of planning.

Three metal banners created by local artist Ken Anderson were unbolted from lamp posts along Robert Service Way and haven’t been seen since.

“It’s one of those things that really makes me mad,” said councillor Jan Stick.

“People steal flags; people steal signs and I don’t support or condone that at all, but this is even bigger — these were pieces of art.

“They belong to the citizens of Whitehorse, they’re not a souvenir for somebody to take home.”

City reps aren’t sure, but they think the banners went missing the week before Halloween.

“What are you going to do with them? Hang them in your house?” asked Stick.

“Well I’d catch on pretty quick if I saw those hanging in your house.”

The city asks anybody with information on the banners to call or drop them off at city hall. (LC)