Discovery of valuable art stolen from BC Children’s Hospital

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It was installed a few weeks ago in front of the Hospital for Sick Children and found in East Van.

Update of 04/14/22: Vancouver police recovered Marie by Khouri sculpture that was stolen from BC Children’s Hospital last week. The sculpture is said to be worth more than $45,000 and was taken outside the hospital in the early hours of April 3. On the afternoon of April 14, officers located the artwork in East Vancouver, but no arrests were made. VPD The Property Crimes Unit continues to collect evidence and while the investigation is still ongoing, no further details are available at this time.

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A piece of art donated to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver was stolen just weeks after it was installed.

The artwork is part of British Columbia based artist Marie by Khouri series entitled Vessels; they are bronze sculptures that look a bit like bowls. The coin in the hospital was installed in front of the hospital earlier this year, standing on a pedestal.

It was originally donated to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation as part of fundraising efforts in 2019. The person who purchased it has since donated to the hospital for display near the main hospital entrance on Oak Street. It was installed on February 25.

The hospital says it was robbed on the night of April 3. The pedestal is now empty.

“The stolen bronze sculpture was designed to be displayed outside in a garden, which is why it was installed outside one of the hospital entrances,” the hospital said in a statement. communicated. “It was intended to create a small space of outdoor sanctuary, rest and reflection for the children and families in the hospital.”

The artwork is intended to help the healing environment at the hospital, they continue.

“This type of setting has been shown to have a positive impact on a patient’s hospital experience, which can then help improve healing and recovery,” they note.

by Khouri work is exhibited in Metro Vancouver and around the world, with large prominent pieces on display in New York, Hong Kong, and the Presidential Palace in Djibouti. Another of his series of Vessels is to be exhibited in Paris. Works similar to those stolen have been exhibited in Vancouver; she is also the sculptor behind Vancouver public pieces like Nautical at the Olympic Village.

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