British Columbia

VPD Marine Unit saves giant yellow jellybean in 'strangest rescue' yet

Part of an art installation in Vancouver's Charleson Park was found sitting in False Creek. The piece weighs 320 kg and is 2.7 metres tall.

Jellybean creator Cosimo Cavallaro found it funny that someone moved his 320 kg art piece

It took at least four people to hoist a massive art piece up from the waters of False Creek after police say it was pushed Thursday night. (VPD Marine Unit/Twitter)

The Vancouver Police Marine Unit has made their "strangest rescue" yet.

This afternoon, the unit tweeted it had rescued an enormous jellybean from the waters of False Creek. It normally sits in Charleson Park as part of the art installation Love Your Bean.

According to one of their tweets, last night some people "got up to no good" and pushed the jellybean into the water.

Cosimo Cavallaro, the artist who created the jellybean, says he found it all a bit comical when he heard what had happened.

"At least they're interacting with it!" he laughed over the phone, from Los Angeles

The piece was installed in 2014 as part of the Vancouver Biennale. He said it was designed to explore our senses of touch and taste.

Each of the three brightly coloured jelly beans weigh 320 kilograms and are 2.7 metres tall.

Cavallaro said he couldn't believe someone had gone to the effort to move it.

"It's quite a challenge because there's a cement base that's attached to it at the bottom," he said. "You need a group of people."

The Montreal-born artist says it's not the first time someone has been this enthused about his work.

He said someone once tried to steal an orange jellybean from his installation in West Hollywood.

"They came with a truck and tried to put it on top ... but they were stopped," said Cavallaro.

Vancouver's yellow jellybean was promptly placed back in its usual spot following the rescue. It was last seen sitting on a deck with wheels.

A biker rides past the two remaining jellybeans in Charleson Park after someone moved the third piece into False Creek. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)