A campaign has been launched on social media to bring back a Dungannon sculptor’s masterpiece, which was stolen last month from a Limavady mountain-side.
The fiberglass-and-steel statue of the god, Manannan Mac Lir, was installed by Darren Sutton, whose studio is at Dungannon Enterprise Centre, as part of a walking trail with sculptures, and had become a popular tourist attraction.
The police said they believed that it was removed from the Gortmore viewing point on Binevenagh Mountain near Limavady in County Derry around Jan. 21.
The story has even been covered in the New York Times and in newspapers across the world.
The Facebook page ‘Bring back Manannan Mac Lir the Sea God’ states: “On 21 January 2015 the sculpture of Manannan Mac Lir, the Sea God was stolen from his plinth at the Gortmore Viewing Point on Bishop’s Road, Castlerock/Limavady.
“We are all infuriated and want him back.”
“Manannan was a magnet for photographers and was much appreciated by all who visited Gortmore.
“Please send him home.”
Mr Sutton, who has worked on the award-winning ‘Games of Thrones’ series, said he was shocked the popular piece of art, which took six months to craft, had been removed. He said he hoped the six-foot tall sculpture could be returned, and not too badly damaged.
“I worked on that night and day, every day, all hours. It’s brutal,” he said.
Mr Sutton said if it was taken for religious reasons, why couldn’t the perpetrators have put the cross on the ground rather than target the sculpture.
Since the Facebook page started, it has attracted 6,400 likes, and a number of people have posted their pictures of the sea god online in response to a request from the page, which said: “We want our statue back! If you support this please post your pictures of Manannan Mac Lir, the Sea God we love.”