A rather unusual theft occurred at the Brighton Festival Children’s Parade on Saturday when a giant sculpture of a Regency gentleman was stolen. Same Sky, the community arts charity that organise the Brighton Festival Children’s Parade, is requesting for help to get him back.
The 10-foot tall figure, who the group have named “Percy”, is holding a book and wearing full regency dress, including a waistcoat made from a map of the world, and a top hat.
Percy was made by Same Sky community artist, Jo Coles, especially for the Children’s Parade. Jo spent two weeks making him from willow sticks, newsprint and domestic paint.
Jo said: “We’re very upset and terribly worried about him. He’s a gentle soul – a romantic and a scholar – and really shouldn’t be out in Brighton at night. He needs looking after.” Because of his height, Jo is worried that someone will leave him outside, possibly in a garden. “He won’t survive being outside for any amount of time and will fall apart if he gets wet.”
Jo, who describes herself as an artist-maker, has been crafting puppets for Brighton-based charity Same Sky and the Children’s Parade for many years and admits that she was particularly fond of Percy.
The over-sized dandy was taken from underneath the Arches on Madeira Drive as Same Sky’s crew were clearing up after the parade. The team believe that someone must have spotted, or maybe even photographed, him being taken.
Same Sky have been organising the Children’s Parade since 1989 and over the years have seen it grow from 60 children and five schools to over 5,000 young people from 77 schools. The charity works with communities to create exciting and affordable arts events.
Jo added: “There’s a reward for returning him – a bundle of sticks and some newsprint so that the thieves can make their own Percy!”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Same Sky at firstname.lastname@example.org