UPDATE: La Crosse’s ‘Hatched Baby’ face has been found

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The face of La Crosse’s ‘Hatched Baby’ sculpture was stolen, but it has been found, the La Crosse Police Department confirmed Monday.

The sculpture depicting a blue infant inside of an eggshell has sat outside of La Crosse City Hall since 2018. It is on loan from artist Wolfgang Auer of Friedberg, Germany — La Crosse’s sister city. Since 2018, the sculpture has been a conversation topic for many people in the community about its place in the city.

It was stolen overnight on Saturday or early Sunday, but located safely on the front lawn of a house on King Street, according to police.

A La Crosse police officer noted that the 9-foot-tall sculpture was missing its face at 7:17 a.m. Sunday. The straps meant to secure the Hatched Baby were no longer securing it and the back of the head was sitting inside the eggshell. After stowing the back in a safe place, the officer investigated the theft.

Police reviewed video surveillance but did not release it at this time.

A photo of the head was posted to Barstool Sports La Crosse’s Instagram account Sunday, but it was removed Monday morning.

A homeowner on the 1000 block of King Street called police at about 8:20 a.m. Monday and reported that he found the head on his lawn. Police picked it up and secured it in the police station.

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