A large wooden sculpture of a phallus from a mountainside in Germany where it appeared without explanation several years ago has disappeared. The investigators are now on the lookout for a giant wooden phallus, that’s reportedly popularly known as the ‘Holzpenis’.
Local newspaper Allgaeuer Zeitung reported Monday that the 2-metre-tall sculpture appeared to have been chopped down over the weekend. All that was left was a pile of sawdust on the top of the 1,738-meter high Gruenten mountain, where the sculpture stood.
“Someone must have sawn it off in the dead of night,” said a woman, who rents out a mountain hut nearby.
The German news agency DPA reported that police in the Bavarian town of Kempten are investigating the disappearance, although it wasn’t clear whether a crime had been committed.
The male genitalia had hit the headlines in recent years as a destination for hikers, and even appeared on Google Maps, where it was classified as a “cultural monument.” Local lore has it that it was made as a prank birthday present for a young man whose family didn’t appreciate the gift and so the 200-kilogram (440-pound) sculpture was hauled up the mountain and left there.
The disappearance of this sculpture comes even as a 3.5-meter stainless steel monolith that was found in a Utah desert vanished. But there’s no police investigation into that case. The San Juan County police said the office did not have the resources to investigate the matter, as the installation of the monolith was illegal to begin with.