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Updated: Keith Urban fan art stolen outside Eau Claire business


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A big piece of art disappears in Eau Claire, and the owner is asking for help finding it.

When the owner of Urban Style arrived at work earlier this week, she immediately noticed something wasn't right.

"It was instant. I looked and the hand was gone--just an empty piece of cement. I literally just got sick to my stomach," says Denise Mackey-Natz.

An empty piece of cement, which was used to hold this sculpture in front of her downtown Eau Claire salon at Graham Avenue and Gibson Street. The hand, bolted to the ground, was stolen over the weekend.

"It's been here for three years and, still, people love to stop and look at it," Denise says.

Her hand is one of more than 60 around town, auctioned off to support the children's museum. Denise donated $2,500 for hers.

"To have Denise lose hers here on the corner downtown, it's bothersome because our community is better than that," says Darcy Way, director of the Children's Museum of Eau Claire.

Country music star Keith Urban is painted on the fiberglass hand. Many have tried to track it down this week.

"My husband came down, and he looked by the river," Denise says. "A gentleman from the City of Eau Claire was down here. He's on the lookout. A friend of mine from Brickhouse Music--he and I went looking in the dumpsters."

Many are hopeful.

"We've had a couple gone missing in the years but they turned up," Darcy says. "Everybody knows what they're all about. When they're found, they're quickly returned. We hope this one gets returned quickly, too."

"Oh, I pray," Denise says. "I'm a very positive person."

Denise is offering a cash reward for the sculpture's safe return. If you have information, call (715) 832-7975.


Eau Claire (WQOW) - One of the many fiberglass hands that can be seen across Eau Claire is missing.  Those hands are decorated and auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Children's Museum of Eau Claire.

Denise Mackey-Natz owns Urban Style (formerly The Hair Den Salon) on the corner of Graham and Gibson streets in downtown Eau Claire.  Three years ago, she bought a hand that was decorated as a tribute to country music star Keith Urban.  It disappeared last weekend.

"It's just so sad because this has become such a part of Eau Claire.  Just last week, we had people stopping by taking pictures with their kids on it," said Mackey-Natz.

The hand was bolted to a cement piece outside the business.

She says there are people searching dumpsters and along the river.  Fliers have also been distributed.  (one is attached to this story)  A reward is also being offered.  If you see it, please call (715) 832-7975.

More than 60 hands have been placed throughout the area since the Hands Across Eau Claire fundraiser began in 2004.

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