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Appeal after public artwork is stolen in Shenstone

A piece of public art

The Shining Stone artwork

The Shining Stone artwork

has been stolen in Shenstone.

Shining Stone  was taken from the Lammas Land in the Black Brook on Leppard’s Way on August 5.

The stainless steel stone measures 75cm by 60cm and is engraved with the words:

“A flock of birds settle. The green field re-echoes where there is a brisk, bright stream.”

The work was funded by Staffordshire County Council and created by artist Jo Naden in 2002 with the help of pupils from Greysbrooke School in Shenstone.

It takes inspiration from the village name, which many believe is derived from beautiful stone or shining stone. It was set into the ground, well away from the road and could be  viewed from the footbridge over the Black Brook.

Artist Jo said:

“As a piece of public art it has really been adopted by the people within Shenstone village to the point where only recently additional signage to the stone was installed to commemorate the passing of a prominent member of the community.

“It is crucial that we make an effort to find it as we should be able to put tokens in the places we love without fear of them being stolen.”

A flatbed truck was spotted in the area at the time and anyone with any information should contact PC Steve Stackhouse at Lichfield Police on 0300 123 4455, quoting incident number 270 of 6 August, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said:

“This stone is very important to the people of Shenstone, and it is essential that we find out what happened to the stone and hopefully get it put back in it’s rightful place.  I would urge anyone with information to come forward.”

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