Keeper of the Plans

Wayward Mighty Mouse sculpture returned to its owner

A sculpture of Mighty Mouse, carved by local sculptor Gino Salerno, was discovered on Sunday after being reported stolen last Wednesday.
A sculpture of Mighty Mouse, carved by local sculptor Gino Salerno, was discovered on Sunday after being reported stolen last Wednesday. Courtesy

A rogue mouse-shaped log sculpture is back in its rightful place after a bit of Facebook justice was had over the weekend.

Local artist Christopher Gulick took to Facebook on Wednesday after his distinct Mighty Mouse sculpture was stolen from his backyard.

The sculpture was a gift from well-known sculptor Gino Salerno.

Within hours, media outlets — including the Eagle — took notice of the bizarre theft.

Then, on Sunday, Gulick said he heard from the Wichita Police Department.

The wayward mouse had surfaced after an anonymous person called 911, Gulick wrote on Facebook.

The 911 caller said an acquaintance dumped the sculpture in their driveway, ostensibly a gift. A friend recommended he or she call the police, after seeing the Mighty Mouse sculpture plastered all over the news, Gulick said.

The experience was somewhat scarring for the mouse — which showed up with gashes to the center of its face.

Gulick oddly blames himself for the damage to the mouse — “It was getting some wood rot behind the face since the winter, and it was kind of spongy,” he said.

“It didn’t look like anything malicious was done — it was just the fact that it was rolling around and it got hit,” he said. “I should have put the thing in the shed when I noticed it to begin with.”

Gulick does not plan to press charges.

He said he’s grateful the mouse-capade was resolved expediently — though he will now have to set about restoring the damaged sculpture.

Its original sculptor, Salerno, will take a look at it once he returns from a trip to Iceland, Gulick said.

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