German police have opened an investigation into the disappearance of a large wooden statue of a rod from the foot of a mountain, which appeared without explanation several years ago.
The local newspaper Allgaeuer Zeitung reported Monday that the two-meter (7-foot) statue was cut down over the weekend, leaving only a pile of sawdust left on Mount Grünten standing at 1,738 meters (5702 feet) in the south. Bavaria, 140 km southwest of Munich.
Honoring the male genitalia has gained prominence in recent years as a destination for hikers and has even appeared on Google Maps, where it has been designated a “cultural landmark”. Local tradition indicates that it was made as a joke birthday gift for a young man whose family did not appreciate the gift, so the 200 kg (440 lb) statue was transported up the mountain and left there.
In recent weeks, the statue has enjoyed mixed fortunes, being torn down and put back in, but the local brewery has also contained a beer dedicated to it (”A refreshing natural red beer“).
The German news agency (DPA) reported that police in the Bavarian town of Kempten were investigating the disappearance, although it was not clear if a crime had been committed. The owner of the statue is unknown.
They were turbulent days for the unconventional, mystical monuments. The 3.5 m (11 ft) stainless steel monolith in the Utah Desert that has garnered much attention since its discovery two weeks ago He also disappeared.
The mayor of San Juan County said the office did not have the resources to devote much time and energy to investigating who took the body away, which was illegal at first.
Hundreds traveled to find the Monolith, which was spotted on November 18 by government helicopter crews to help wildlife biologists count big sheep. Utah officials did not specifically say where the Monolith was located, but people quickly found it through satellite images dating back to 2016 and set its GPS coordinates.
With The Associated Press