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Mystery Mostly Solved: Sculpture Commemorating Hemingway Re-Appears

It turned up without explanation last week

July 02, 2018 - 10:55 am

BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. (WWJ) - Is this the final chapter for our roaming sculpture?

An anticlimactic ending for a sculpture celebrating the Hemingway connection to Northern Michigan. Gone one week - back the next without explanation. 

According to Library Director Patrick McGinnity, the towering sculpture was mysteriously returned sometime before midnight Thursday. 

Beaver Island District Library is on Beaver Island, which is located in Lake Michigan -- so the theft of the sculpture created a unique problem -- how does one remove it from the island without being found out?

That doesn't appear to be an issue now. 

The sculpture, by artist John Sauve, had been in place since 2016.

It was commissioned to commemorate author Ernest Hemingway's ties to northern Michigan and went missing from outside a library around June 18.

Hemingway was born July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. His family spent summers in Michigan.