The mysterious metal monolith that became an international topic of conversation when it was discovered by officers in the Utah Department of Public Safety in mid-November, disappeared last week.
And its disappearance sparked even more wild speculation: Was it an art installation? A message from aliens? A publicity stunt for a Hollywood movie?
What it was and why it was there may never be known. But at least we now know where it went.
The strange object had stood in the rural Red Rock Country of Utah since October 2016, but gained world fame on November 18 when state officials saw it while monitoring the number of sheep.
It didn’t take long for the site to become a pilgrimage site for UFO enthusiasts, Instagram influencers and various interested parties.
And locals were quick to react to the sudden increase in noise, traffic and people defecating in the pristine wilderness. Four of them tore it off and removed it under cover of night.
Lewis and Sylvan Christensen, who said they were part of the responsible group, explained why they decided to remove the bizarre object.
Speak to a local news site Grit they explained that while they supported the work of artists, there must be some kind of ethical boundaries to art.
The artist’s ethical failures for the 24 ”equilateral gouge in the sandstone of the founding of the Utah Monolith did not even come close to the damage caused by Internet sensationalism and the world’s subsequent reaction. This country was not physically prepared for the population shift – especially during a pandemic).
“People came by car, bus, van, helicopter, planes, trains, motorcycles and e-bikes and there isn’t even a parking space.”
They added, “There are no bathrooms – and yes, defecating in the desert is a crime. There were a lot of them. There are no marked trails, no trash cans, and it’s not a user base.
“There are no designated campgrounds. Any user on public land is expected to be aware of the importance and relevance of this information and the laws associated with it.
‘Because if you did that, anyone who’s going to film the monolith and make money from it without properly allowing the use of the land would know that’s a violation too.
A copycat obelisk was created in Romania while locals in Utah dragged the original one. And that has now also disappeared.
We may never know where the original Utah Monolith came from, but at least we know where it went.