Golden egg stolen from $2.8M Salvador Dali sculpture in downtown Vancouver

Chali-Rosso Art Gallery director Oree Gianacopoulos talks about the missing piece of Salvador Dali's Space Venus sculpture and what impact this art theft could have on the future of public art in Vancouver.
The bronze sculpture, titled Space Venus, is being exhibited at the corner of West Hastings Street and Hornby Street. The egg was discovered missing Sunday morning. (Submitted by Susanna Strem)

This past weekend, in the middle of downtown Vancouver, a $2.8 million bronze sculpture by the famed surrealist artist Salvador Dali was vandalized.

Titled Space Venus, the 3.5-metre bronze sculpture of a woman's torso featured a golden egg, which disappeared sometime in the middle of the night and was discovered to be missing on Sunday morning. The sculpture belongs to the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, a private gallery in downtown Vancouver, and it was meant to be exhibited until October.

(Submitted by Susanna Strem)

Oree Gianacopoulos is the director of the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery. She joined q's Tom Power live from Vancouver to tell us what impact this art theft could have on the future of public art in Vancouver. 

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