The internet is a beautiful place to discover weird stuff and we’re not talking about a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion here. What we’ve got is more real. A huge wooden erection appeared out of nowhere on top of a mountain in Austria. The hunt is on for the artist of this phallic structure located at the summit of Mount Oetscher, at 1,893 metres.
Blogger Marika Roth brought it to international attention after she published photographs of the oversized wooden organ on social media.
Authorities are reportedly keen to establish the identity of the sculptor to decide what to do with it. According to the Mirror, if the investigation reveals nothing, the sculpture will be handed over to the owners of the land – believed to be a religious order of monks. Within a few weeks, the monks of the Cistercian Order in Lilienfeld could ‘inherit’ the sculpture modelled on a large, erect penis.
Since Marika’s post, the images went viral and the region witnessed a boost in tourism with hikers planning to see it for themselves. People are also puzzled as to how that enormous structure was carried to the top of a mountain without anyone noticing it.
Accordind to The Poke, the origins of the erection could be related to a Finnish pastime called “leirikyrpä” (camp c**k) – when people go camping they pass the time around the fire by carving a lumber length.
Reports mention that the Oetscher penis is not the only phallus controversy to excite Austrians this year. Back in April, Juergen Hesz, an artist erected a giant penis next to chapel in the town of Traunkirchen and was met with stiff opposition. It angered locals and the artist, along with the Mayor, covered the statue to calm locals. However, the Metro reports that Hesz got the last laugh when he added a famous quote by a German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche – “Praised be what hardens you,” on the tarp.