Missing hand sculpture foundThe case of the missing fiberglass hand has been solved.
By: The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis., Superior Telegram
The case of the missing fiberglass hand has been solved.
The hand, which depicts scenes from one of country music star Keith Urban's concerts, was returned Monday to Eau Claire salon owner Denise Mackey-Natz.
Stolen in April, the hand had stood next to Urban Style's entry at 201 Gibson St. It was painted by local artist Janell Isaacson-Whitehouse, a friend of Mackey-Natz.
A man called the salon Monday and said he had it in Milwaukee, said Shannon Devine, a stylist at Urban Style.
"The story is that he found it. We think someone else jimmied it off the base," Devine said.
The man had performed at the nearby Bottle & Barrel Bar. After the show, the man said he found the hand lying half on the street and half in an alley, Devine said.
He thought someone dumped the hand, so he brought it to Milwaukee, she said. A friend told him the hand actually was missing. The man then returned the hand to Eau Claire.
A May 4 story in the Leader-Telegram reported singer Urban wanted to give Mackey-Natz a helping hand after learning vandals had taken the monument dedicated to him. He gave her and two friends concert tickets and backstage passes for one of his shows and offered tickets and backstage passes for a concert on his current tour to anyone who provided information leading to the hand's discovery.
A spokesperson for Urban called Mackey-Natz after seeing a news report about the missing hand.
Mackey-Natz was "just thrilled" about its return, Devine said.
The hand's finder accepted four tickets to an Urban show but wanted the $200 cash reward to go toward helping fix scuff marks on the hand, Devine said.
Mackey-Natz bought the hand three years ago for $2,500 as part of the Hands Across Eau Claire fundraiser, which benefits the Children's Museum of Eau Claire.
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