Now who will speak for the trees? A bronze Lorax statue owned by the widow of Dr. Seuss, 90-year-old Audrey Geisel — created by her daughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cate — was swiped from her San Diego property last weekend faster than the Grinch could steal Christmas.
According to the Associated Press, property manager Carl Romero said he found the thieves’ footprints, indicating that they dragged the 300-pound statue to a nearby road, lifting it over a fence.
A copy of the sculpture stands at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial in Springfield, Mass., the author’s home town. Geisel said she hopes that thieves stole it because of the popularity of the film, which is better than an alternative: stealing it for bronze and destroying the sculpture. Perhaps it was some angry Lou Dobbs fans, after the TV host said last month that “The Lorax” indoctrinates children with an anti-industry message.
“I want very badly to get our little Lorax back home where he belongs,” Dimond-Cate said. “Wherever he is, he’s scared, lonely and hungry. He’s not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a family pet.”
The theft has inspired some Seussian retellings of the caper, such as this one from ArtInfo:
That was Audrey Geisel’s Lorax,
And the only Seuss character there.
And why was it lifted and taken somewhere,
From the far end of her backyard where sea mists from the Pacific Ocean blow?
The beloved children’s author’s widow still lives here.
Ask her. Her daughter fears it may have been taken to be sold for scrap in Mexico.
Earlier this month, our readers wrote some Seuss-inspired poems about current events — such as politics and tweeting teens — in honor of the author’s birthday.