- The sculpture, a plastic bottle of water full of melted ice from the Antarctic, was intended to be a telling comment on the dangers of global warming.
But one light-fingered, and presumably thirsty, visitor to the exhibition may have missed the point.
Rather than musing on the hazards that will be created if the icecaps melt, the visitor is believed to have drunk the piece.
Police have been called in to investigate the mystery of the missing water bottle, which vanished from the Way With Words literary festival at Dartington Hall in south Devon.
"But I Was Thirsty!"
Sometimes, truth is indeed stranger than fiction: