Just days ago, news in Utah was weird: A team of public safety officers discovered a mysterious monolith in a remote part of Utah – and said they have no idea who put it there…
About a week and a half ago, this strange monolith was found by workers counting sheet from a helicopter.. It was a 3 sided object sitting about 12 feet high.
A helicopter crew with the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was assisting Wildlife Resources on Wednesday to count bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, the department said.Pilot Bret Hutchings said one of the officers spotted the object in a remote area of red rock — something that appeared to be a scene right out of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
“He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘What.’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there — we’ve got to go look at it!'” Hutchings told CNN affiliate KSL. “We just happened to fly directly over the top of it.”
Hutchings said the origins of the silver metal monolith still remained a mystery, but it appeared to be a “new wave” art installation that stood “between 10 and 12 feet high.”
A number of people online posted that the object may have been there for about 3 or 4 years before being discovered.
Yesterday, USA TODAY posted that the monolith was “hollow” and “not magnetic.” The “hollow” claim came from an Instagram post here:
Since its finding, many came to see it over the past week..
IT IS GONE!
People arriving tonight after a long trek to the monolith are arriving to …nothing. It’s gone.
Earlier this week, the Bureau of Land Management said, “It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from”, which is why so many believed they took it off the land.
The Bureau of Land Management in Utah released a statement tonight stating that the “illegally installed structure” has been removed from public lands by an “unknown party.” They claim that they did not remove the structure, and do not investigate crimes involving private property..
The Bureau said that a person or group removed it Friday night…
A quick changing event
The state public safety officials who discovered it by helicopter November 18 didn’t disclose its location, saying they didn’t want curiosity seekers to become stranded in the remote landscape and need to be rescued.
But several people successfully located the monolith, tucked in a redrock slot canyon south of Moab. And according to three explorers who made the pilgrimage, it was easier to find than you might expect.
And now all that is left?
The triangle from the top..
And a hole in the ground.
There is reporting that it was in a remote location.. One post stated that the object was 2000 feet near a camp site with hundreds of campers.. So.. 2000 feet off a trafficked off roading site? Or remote location! Depends on your means of transportation of perhaps!
Was it stolen? Did the artist reclaim his piece after discovery?
So many possibilities on the weird object..