It was sheer insanity on the internet last week after a weird 2001: A Space Odyssey-Esque metal monolith was discovered in Utah desert. Authorities from the state’s Bureau of Land Management feel that the mysterious metal object is gone.
A post on Facebook claims to have got reliable reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the “monolith” has been uprooted from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands by an unknown party. The BLM did not play any part in the removal, being private property.
The Utah Department of Public Safety had earlier found the object, from a helicopter in an isolated area in southern Utah while counting bighorn sheep.
Pilot Bret Hutchings told KSL that it was possibly between 10 and 12 feet high back when it was discovered earlier.
However, in the aftermath of the discovery, devoted folks on Reddit tried to uncover the source of the monolith. At the outset, they spotted the monolith on Google Earth, then they applied historical imaging data for discovering specifically when the object first surfaced in the desert. Applying this data they found that the monolith initially appeared between August 2015 and October 2016.
Around the same time, sci-fi drama Westworld was filming in a proximate location, which propelled many to presume that the monolith is an old movie prop.
It could be a probability due to the location that had been used in a number of other TV shows and movies, from contemporary movies like 127 Hours and Mission: Impossible 2 to cult westerns in the 1940s and 1960. Nevertheless, the monolith is gone at the moment. According to The Bureau of Land Management, it has no plans to probe the evanescence, stating it’s the duty of the sheriff’s office.