Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone showed his teeth on the Twitterverse Tuesday, after a Dig Boston distribution box customized by a Somerville artist went missing last week.
The whimsical design, known as "Rawr: The Awkward Godzilla," was created by Somerville metal sculptor Cat Tweedie at the Artisan Asylum -- and until last Wednesday -- Rawr lived a quiet life in Davis Square, ostensibly scaring children, delivering papers, and giving passersby a chuckle.
But a Dig staffer delivering papers to Rawr was shocked to find him missing.
"I would think based on basic human goodness, people would identify that all these newly designed boxes have a value to the people in the community and the the person that made it," wrote Craig Terlino on the Dig website.
Curtatone joined in the plea for Rawr's safe delivery.
"Surely someone can find some other piece of ironic furniture," Curtatone tweeted Tuesday night, after Dig staffers contacted the city to ask if it had removed the box. "Return Rawr!" (The city had not.)
The green, googly-eyed monster sported two menacing steel arms, one of which operated Rawr's gaping maw that held a stack of the free weekly papers, and was one of five handcrafted designs turned out by Asylum members.
Ironically, when Dig said in February that it would dress up some of the ubiquitous boxes, it was to not only spruce up the image of the news organization, but to prevent thefts and vandalism.
"My apologies to the artist on behalf of the idiots that took this," Terlino wrote. "Keep in mind, it will be found. We sort of got most of the city on our side."