The economy is supposed to be improving in Minnesota, so maybe this missing E from the Gold Medal Park sign is the work of common vandalism, not of a scrapper looking for a few bucks or a starving conceptual artist.
Letters have gone missing before, starting with a prank.
Shortly after the October 2008 Zombie Pub Crawl started from the park between the Guthrie and the I-35W bridge, neighbors noticed that the P had been flipped so the sign read GOLD MEDAL dARK. Then it morphed to OLD MEDAL ARK. Next, the A disappeared.
A socket wrench, cover of the night and impaired conscience appear to be all that's required to remove the roughly 5-foot-high letters. That, plus the park's location between the University and Minneapolis's scrap dealer row, leaves a lot of potential suspects, including those who might have a hankering for a big E.
However, I'm betting it wasn't The Big E, who blogs at MN Progressive Project. He'd never pilfer public property — or be able to explain how he came by the giant letter to his wife, Minneapolis Council Member Elizabeth Glidden.