German police have launched an investigation into the disappearance of a peculiar phallic-shaped sculpture from a mountainside in Bavaria, local media say. The two-metre tall (6.5ft) wooden statue was apparently chopped down over the weekend, the Allgaeuer Zeitung newspaper reported. The statue stood for years on the Grünten mountain, south-west of Munich. Now, all that remains of the monument is a small stump and some wood chips. It is not known who originally carved and erected the sculpture, which has become a landmark on the 1,738m-high (5,702ft) Grünten mountain, attracting many hikers to the area. Even online map service Google Maps had recognised the sculpture’s status, designating it as a “cultural monument”.