The case of Portland’s missing mushroom

Mushroom carved from a stump given by The Grotto

The giant carved mushrooms were stolen from the front yard of a NE Portland home, Dec. 20, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
The giant carved mushrooms were stolen from the front yard of a NE Portland home, Dec. 20, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The case of the missing mushroom sprouted during the rain this week in Northeast Portland.

In the front yard of Aurelien Carnoy’s home on NE Beech Street was a 4-foot tall mushroom sculpture he carved from a stump given to him by The Grotto.

Aurelien Carnoy had his sculpted giant mushroom stolen from the front yard of his NE Portland home, Dec. 20, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Aurelien Carnoy had his sculpted giant mushroom stolen from the front yard of his NE Portland home, Dec. 20, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

He told KOIN 6 News the stump was just sitting at The Grotto and no one could move it, and if he could move it he could have it. He took the stump home, got a chain saw and began carving.

His inspiration for the sculpture was Portland itself.

“There should be mushrooms all over the place and I don’t see any. The mushrooms will take over the world,” he said with a smile.

While he was gone for a few days, someone came by and stole the mushroom. He filed a police report even though he knows it’s down on their list of priorities.

“I just hope they didn’t sell it for a cheap price,” he said.

The Grotto was also the victim of a theft this week. Someone stole three ornamental plaques worth a total of $45,000.

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