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Calgary artist's work stolen from N.W. construction site

A Calgary artist says she is disappointed one of her pieces was stolen from a public art display near a construction site in the city's northwest.

Roughly 10 pieces stolen from art display

A local artist says she is disappointed someone would steal artwork meant to spruce up the community. 1:54

A Calgary artist says she is disappointed one of her pieces was stolen from a public art display near a construction site in the city's northwest.

Artists donate their time for 2020 Isite, a project which has beautified several construction projects around the city.

Zoe Laycock created an acrylic piece of a bird with human feet standing on a brain. Someone took her piece and 10 other works sometime last week.

Zoe Laycock says she is disappointed that someone stole this painting from a construction site in northwest Calgary. (2020 iSite Facebook)

"All of the artists are doing it out of their own time and their own pocket for the good of the community," she said. "And to have someone be so selfish to take that for a private purpose was kind of just disappointing."

But Laycock said she wouldn't hesitate to resubmit.

"It's for the good of the community and you shouldn't let one person ruin something that's for everyone," she said. 

Paul Hughes, the organizer of the project, believes other artists will also want to help replace the stolen work.

He has also filed a report to Calgary police and says the pieces are worth thousands of dollars.