What Is This Monolith and Why It Keeps Appearing?

What Is This Monolith and Why It Keeps Appearing?

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Monolith is an enormous structure often viewed as a single great stone in the form of an obelisk or column.

There are many explanations for its recurrence. In a nutshell, let us analyze briefly about the conundrum that has taken the world by storm.

A silent canyon in Utah’s Red Rock nation has sent the world’s imagination into overdrive.

Members of the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Aero Bureau were helping Wildlife Resources in a routine count of bighorn sheep on Nov. 18 when they located the monolith as a gigantic, metallic reflective structure that clearly had been placed there.

The Big Question Was: By Whom?

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The Public Safety Department accepted that it was oblivious to who or what installed the monolith, and it wouldn’t even disclose others where precisely, in the large and remote southeastern corner of the state the structure nestled.

The public’s initial guess was surely aliens. Theories and jokes proliferated. Ones that severely gained strength after the federal Bureau of Land Management informed on Saturday that the monolith had vanished all of a sudden. In its place was a pile of rocks, seeming to commemorate the disappeared structure.

#WhereDidItComeFrom #WhereDidItGo,” the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office wrote on social media and it is still trending.


According to Pilot Bret Hutchings, when one of his officers observed the monolith, it resembled a scene right out of the Stanley Kubrick classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” It was in the year 2001 only when the monoliths first appeared in the public domain.

The officer was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turns around!’ And Hutchings was like, ‘What?’ And the officer exclaimed that there was this thing back there, which they must look at. Hutchings told NBC affiliate KSL of Salt Lake City that they just happened to fly directly over the top of it.

Instantly, people started cracking alien jokes, and though the monolith vanished, the jokes continued.

The alien gag has become so popular that CNN even ran a headline saying, “The Utah monolith probably wasn’t the work of aliens,” hinting towards a minor possibility that extraterrestrials had, actually, placed it there.

In its post regarding the disappearance, the sheriff’s department ridiculed the alien theories, posting a collage of aliens from movies on Facebook and asking residents whether they could figure out anyone from the lineup provided as being in the location of the weird structure on the night of November 27th.

Though the monolith was still in the canyon, a more credible theory was under process.


Hutchings, the pilot, admitted that the silver monolith seemed to be some kind of new wave art installation, and immediately, people started wondering which one.

One theory implied that the monolith was an artwork by Patricia Le Fawnhawk, a Southwestern artist who used to stay and work in Utah. Le Fawnhawk has earlier placed sculptures in the desert. However, she told Artnet News that while she contemplated instituting secret monuments in the desert, she cannot claim this one.

Others, including The Art Newspaper, said it straightway examined the monolith considering it to be the work of the sculpture artist John McCracken, who died in 2011 and stayed in New Mexico.

David Zwirner, whose gallery depicted McCracken and exhibited his original works, believed the structure to be McCracken’s but changed his mind later on.

In a statement, Zwirner explained that he loved the concept of this being John’s work, but when one looks closely at the photos of the Utah monolith, rivets and screws can be spotted which are not consistent with how John wanted his work to be constructed. He was a perfectionist. While he is confident that this is not John’s work, he admitted that John would have enjoyed the Utah location and would have greatly appreciated the mystery surrounding this work. They all consider it is a wonderful homage.

A spokesperson for the state Public Safety Department believes the monolith to be somebody’s art installation or an attempt at that.

Ross Bernards, an adventure photographer, had another explanation for the missing monolith when he said he visited the installation on Friday.

In a photo series posted on Instagram on Monday, Bernards claim four men, who seemed to come out of nowhere, disassembled the monolith and left with its broken parts in a wheelbarrow at around 9 p.m.

In one of the photos reportedly taken at the scene, three individuals with headlights can be observed with the monolith lying flat on the ground.

Bernards said he did not refrain the group of men because he believed that they were right to take it out.

The last few words Bernards heard? “Leave no trace.”

Also, the mystery surrounds regarding the duration of the sculpture in the remote, seldomly trafficked corner of Utah. The public safety spokesperson suspects it could have been there since the 1940s or the 1950s.

A user on Reddit, who goes by a name too vulgar to be published, claimed to have come across the precise location of the sculpture from satellite images and terrain analysis. Based on the analysis, some feel that it wasn’t positioned in the canyon until after the demise of McCracken.

As curiosities regarding the monolith appeared to remain unchanged, another probably a copycat was found in Romania, the second monolith of what could be many more to come.

Another has been spotted in California shortly after.

The monolith that was discovered in Utah has since vanished followed by the Romanian, leaving it as unsolved. But researchers worldwide have put in a lot of effort to unveil the amazing mystery.

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