Who? Who would steal an owl of glass and gold?


This owl by mosaic artist Carol Glavin was displayed in the SIMED Building at 4343 W. Newberry Road.

Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 11:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 11:37 a.m.

Benjamin the owl flew off his perch at a medical building a few weeks ago, but no one seems to know who aided and abetted his departure. The wise old bird would have needed human help because Benjamin is a mosaic owl worth hundreds of dollars, according to his creator.

Mosaic artist Carol Glavin agreed to have Benjamin displayed in the SIMED building at 4343 Newberry Road at the end of last year along with other art works by local artisans.

“I first realized that it was missing on Jan. 1 when I got an email from the art coordinator to congratulate me on selling the piece, but I hadn’t sold it,” Glavin said.

Once she realized the 12-inch-by-12-inch owl was missing, Glavin reported it to the Gainesville Police Department.

She was able to give a detailed description of Benjamin because it was “the nicest thing I ever made,” Glavin said. The mosaic owl was “created with stained glass, Italian millefiori, dichroic fusions and layers of gold leaf under tempered glass,” said Glavin, adding that her asking price was $575.

Glavin guessed that the thief may have been someone looking for a holiday gift.

“And the person who received it may not have known it had been stolen,” Glavin said, “But who wants stolen art hanging on their wall?”

Glavin is offering a reward of one of her other pieces of art.

Anyone with information can contact the Police Department at 955-1818.

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