It might be a hard nut to crack – but cops are probing the mystery vanishing of a phallic-shaped sculpture.

The 6.5ft wooden statue was apparently chopped down over the weekend from its home on a Bavarian mountainside, the Allgaeuer Zeitung newspaper reported.

Reports suggest that the penis-shaped monument left nothing but a sorry pile of sawdust and wood chips on the 5,702-foot high Grueten mountain.

The homage to male genitalia has gained celebrity status in recent years as a destination for hikers hoping to snap a cheeky commemorative photo.

Folklore suggests that it was, 'erected', as a a birthday present for a young man whose family didn’t appreciate the gift.

It was instead tugged up the mountainside and left there in all it’s glory.

In recent weeks, the sculpture has enjoyed up and down fortunes, being knocked down and put up again, but also having a beer dedicated to it by the local brewery.

Now someone has gone to great lengths to rid the monument from the hillside, stumping detectives.

German news agency DPA reported that cops in the Bavarian town of Kempton are investigating the disappearance.

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But it is not immediately clear, police said, what crime had been committed.

Police spokesman Holger Stabik said: “We don't know whether it is a criminal offence or not.”

The mayor of nearby Rettenberg, Nikolaus Weissinger, said the disappearance of the sculpture was "a shame".

It is not the only mysterious monument to make headlines this week.

In a bizarre turn of events, a 12ft metal monolith found in the desert of Utah, US, sparked an phenomenon with amateur sleuths tracking down.

But as quickly as it arrived in the world, it had disappeared again.

Then, the same monolith was suddenly reported as being found on a hill in Romania.

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