The City of Vancouver was quick to remove the red devil statue, whose anatomical features shocked some SkyTrain passengers and lit up discussions on Twitter.
It wasn't clear on Tuesday who placed the penguin statue — which bears a striking similarity to the once-populous Earls Restaurant penguins — in the plaza, nor whether the city was also going to remove it.
But what is this abandoned-looking plaza whose pedestal seems to cry out to guerilla artists — and possible mid-90s relic hoarders — to try and fill its void?
In 2006, as The Vancouver Courier reported, a researcher seeking to uncover the origins of the forgotten-looking plaza and pedestal on Clark Drive discovered it once housed a bronze statue of Christopher Columbus.
The statue, called The Dreamer, was erected in 1986 in the plaza, which was one of a dozen or more small park sites that sprung up along the then-new SkyTrain line and what was intended to be a pedestrian-and-cycle-friendly parkway system.
Years went by and the plaza on the truck-heavy corridor became neglected, until one night in 2000, the Columbus statue was taken.
It reappeared months later in the Italian Garden at Hastings Park.
The pedestal has remained empty — except for temporary rogue art installations — ever since.
Google Maps: Forgotten memorial plaza