Wisconsin officials want Loch Ness monster out

May 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., May 4 (UPI) -- Wisconsin resources officials have a request for whoever put a sculpture of the Loch Ness monster into the Chippewa River at Eau Claire: Get rid of it.

The sculpture appeared just north of the Madison Street bridge, created by an artist identified only as "The Phoenix," the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported.

The Department of Natural Resources ordered the sculpture removed, saying it poses a navigation hazard.

In e-mail to the newspaper, a person identifying himself as the artist said he would remove the sculpture within the next 10 days because "as much as I would like to leave it there, I don't want the DNR finding out it was me and fining me for it."

The Phoenix may have a paying customer for the work. The home improvement chain Menards, which has its corporate headquarters in Eau Claire, said it could give the sculpture a home.

"We have ponds and fountains on many of our properties, and seeing this piece of artwork in the Chippewa River spurred some conversation," Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott said in an e-mail message to the Leader-Telegram.

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