HEALDSBURG, California — They must have had a really big nail.
Police in northern California are hunting for whomever was able to make off with an 800-pound sculpture of a hammer from outside a community center.
Officials say the massive work of art disappeared sometime late Friday night. Workers at the Healdsburg Community Center noticed it was missing Saturday morning when they noticed a large empty spot on the lawn.
Police are at a loss as it would have taken a crane or a large group of people and a truck to move the giant hammer and no one saw anything.
“We have no leads at this point. We’ve checked a lot of different locations,” Healdsburg Police Officer Darryl Erkel told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. “We initially thought it might have been a high school prank.”
The hammer sports a redwood handle and measures 21 feet long. The metal head is 6 feet tall, Healdsburg artist Doug Unkrey said.
“They’d need at least a flatbed trailer with a winch, or about eight people,” said Unkrey, who created the piece. “Why would you take this thing? Where are you going to put it?”
The artwork is estimated to be worth around $15,000.