Bill Reid’s Killer Whale recovered after 16 years

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March 01, 2012

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is pleased to announce that the Bill Reid sculpture Killer Whale, stolen in 1995, has been recently recovered by the Ottawa Police Service.

This work of art is edition number 6 of 9 small bronze whales created by Bill Reid. It weighs about 113 kilograms (approximately 249 pounds) and measures approximately 1.1 metres high by .5 metre wide (approximately three and a half feet high by a foot and a half wide).Killer Whale was installed in the Fourth Avenue pond, between the Queen Elizabeth Driveway and the Rideau Canal, on September 27, 1985. The sculpture was first stolen in 1987, recovered, but then stolen a second time on October 30, 1995.

Bill Reid (1920–1998) was a highly acclaimed Haida Aboriginal artist from Canada’s west coast. A master goldsmith, carver, sculptor and writer, Mr. Reid is considered to be one of Canada’s great artists.

The NCC is grateful to Andrew Gibbs, with Heffel Fine Art Auction House, as well as to the Ottawa Police Service for their roles in the return of this important work of art. The NCC is looking forward to once again exhibiting this sculpture for all to enjoy.

For more information about the NCC’s public art programs, members of the public may contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090 (TTY), 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY), or visit the NCC’s website at

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