Three mysterious silver structures straight out of a sci-fi movie have been discovered in different remote spots around the world in the last two weeks. Now the original has disappeared.
Wildlife officials made a startling discovery when they were tracking sheep from a helicopter in a remote area of Utah. They touched down and found a 10-12 foot high metal monolith of unknown origins.
A Weird Monolith Is Found in the Utah Desert
A team surveying bighorn sheep in Utah found the strange #monolith, 10 to 12 feet tall, embedded in the ground in a remote part of Red Rock Country. It looks like something out of “2001: A Space Odyssey. GPS: 38°20'35"N 109°39'58"W pic.twitter.com/bWvU5Z391Q
— UFO Research Project (@UFOResearch7) November 25, 2020
Conspiracy theorists went wild, claiming aliens were responsible for erecting the monolith, which eerily resembles a scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
But those grounded in reality pointed out that the structure appears to be almost identical to the work of late minimalist artist John McCracken.
— Austin Grant (@AustinBGrant) November 24, 2020
An eagle-eyed Redditor used Google Earth to discover the structure had been erected at the remote location since at least October of 2016.
— AI6YR (@ai6yrham) November 24, 2020
Days later another monolith appeared in Romania.
— GOLDEN EYE STRETCH ??️✨ (@StretchTaylor) December 1, 2020
Much to the chagrin of conspiracy theorists, the Romanian version appears to be a copycat knock-off with visible seams and swirl marks.
A new #monolith has been discovered in Romania with a similar appearance to the one in Utah. this one was clearly thrown together in a few hours with visible seams. but I like the spirit. pic.twitter.com/2bcpihXbrW
— ?✨It's Full of Stars✨? (@IFOS9000) November 30, 2020
After the monolith’s coordinates were released, travelers flocked to the remote area to get a snap of the structure, despite warnings to avoid the dangerous area.
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On Saturday November 28th, the monolith had disappeared. Southwest Airlines cheekily posted that they needed it back.
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) November 29, 2020
A photographer captured four men knocking down and dismantling the monolith.
Gonoliths are now my favourite thing. I love the fact that they were there and then they weren't. The temporary nature of them is what makes them cool. They looked permanent, they looked like part of the landscape, as if they belonged. Their disappearance is beautiful #monolith https://t.co/VXioFHW0GA
— Emma Woodhouse-Lockdown ??? (@EmmisStories) December 3, 2020
A new monolith popped up days later in Atascadero, California.
— ?✨It's Full of Stars✨? (@IFOS9000) December 3, 2020
Not the Same
The California copy-cat is not the monolith that disappeared from Utah. BASE jumper Andy Lewis claimed to have removed it from nature after witnessing “the damage caused by the Internet sensationalism.”