The Lorax Is Missing: Statue Stolen from Geisel's La Jolla Home

A 2-foot tall bronze statue of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax was reportedly stolen from the property of the late Dr. Seuss' wife in La Jolla over the weekend.

A small statue of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, was stolen from the property of Audrey Geisel, wife of the late Theodore Geisel over the weekend.

According to the U-T San Diego, property manager Carl Romero said he and Geisel noticed the loss on Monday morning.

“It’s a valuable piece because there are only two of them, and it’s an iconic figure,” Romero told the U-T San Diego.

Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, daughter of Audrey Geisel, created the two statues: one for the family and another for the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Massachusetts.

The statue was reportedly on a wooden base with the inscription “Unless.” This is the same word used at the end of The Lorax, first published in 1971.

Romero told the paper that he last saw the statue on Saturday afternoon. He suspects the 300-pound statue was dragged from the property to an access road and lifted it over a fence. The property is located near the .

A police report was filed with the San Diego Police Department and Romero said, “If you return it, we won’t press charges.”

The Lorax book was recently adapted into an animated feature film featuring Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, and Danny DeVito. The film was released March 2, on what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday.

The legacy of Dr. Seuss carries on in his many books and films. His name also lives on at the Geisel Library at  in honor of the significant contributions made by the author and his wife. 

In addition, Audrey Geisel continues to play a prominent role in the La Jolla community through her many philanthropic efforts. Most recently she was honored at the 2011 Globe Gala in recognition of the generosity and support she has given to the theatre.

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Deanne Goodman March 28, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Hope they catch whoever stole it and give it back in one piece to Dr. Seuss’ widow. Seriously who would steal that?? So wrong on so many levels.
Brett McLane March 28, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I also hope that they either eturn it or they catch the ones responsible for taking this statue. I agree with you it is wrong on so many levels. Just hope they catch them before it gets melted down. I am 53 years old male and I still enjoy all the Dr. Seuss' stories, My favorite is Horton hears a who So if you are reading this please return the statue unharmed. Thank you
James Munoz March 28, 2012 at 07:22 PM
How upsetting...........The thought that folks can't stop, look, and admire such a work without being harmful. Works like that are there to provoke thinking. Then, you walk away with the thoughts. What pleasure can come of such a work, knowing it is stolen. BASTARDS... I am a sculptor with the ability to replicate it should it be needed and wanted. Lets just hope it comes back.......MrSculpty
Jenn Cohen March 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I live very close to where the other statue is displayed in MA. It is in a public location, along with many other wonderful statues depicting characters from Suess books; I have enjoyed visiting them on more than one occasion. I only hope they are all "safe" so they may be enjoyed for many years to come!


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