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Entertainment Mysterious monolith found in Utah desert has been there since 2016

19:45  25 november  2020
19:45  25 november  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A strange metal monolith has been discovered in the Utah desert by a helicopter crew, leaving local authorities baffled. They said the structure had been planted in the ground between red rock. There was no indication who installed the monolith , which was about 10 to 12ft (3.6m) tall.

You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. A team of public safety officers discovered a metal monolith in a remote part of Utah and said they have no idea who put it there .

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A mysterious metal monolith found in the remote Utah desert has captured the attention of UFO spotters, conspiracy theorists and Stanley Kubrick fans around the world, as it's revealed the structure has been standing since at least 2015 or 2016.

The shiny, triangular pillar - which protrudes approximately 12 feet from the red rocks of southern Utah - was spotted last Wednesday by baffled local officials counting bighorn sheep from the air.

After landing their helicopter to investigate, Utah Department of Public Safety crew members found 'a metal monolith installed in the ground' but 'no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there.'

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Deep in the desert of Red Rock Country, a metal monolith was found by members of Utah Department of Public Safety. Video source: Utah Department of Public Safety.

Deep in the desert of Red Rock Country, a metal monolith was found by members of Utah Department of Public Safety. Video source: Utah Department of Public Safety.

'It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you're from,' warned the agency in a tongue-in-cheek press release Monday.

News of the discovery quickly went viral online, with many noting the object's similarity to the strange alien monoliths that trigger huge leaps in human progress in Kubrick's classic sci-fi film '2001: A Space Odyssey.'

Officials have refused to disclose the object's location out of fear that curious sightseers would flock to the remote wilderness, but internet sleuths managed to pinpoint its position within hours nonetheless.

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Deep in the desert of Red Rock Country, a metal monolith was found by members of Utah Department of Public Safety. Video source: Utah Department of Public Safety.

Deep in the desert of Red Rock Country, a metal monolith is found by members of Utah Department of Public Safety. Video source: Utah Department of Public Safety.

A Reddit user said they had managed to geo-locate the obelisk using surrounding rock formations.

Sharing the Google Earth location - where a small structure can be seen, roughly six miles from the nearest road - the user said the structure was first photographed by Google in 2016.

Some satellite images of the monolith date back to a year earlier in 2015.

Lieutenant Nick Street, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said it's possible the structure has been there for '40, 50 years, maybe more.'

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ALIEN INVASION

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Deep in the desert of Red Rock Country, a metal monolith is found by members of Utah Department of Public Safety. Video source: Utah Department of Public Safety.

Deep in the desert of Red Rock Country, a metal monolith is found by members of Utah Department of Public Safety. Video source: Utah Department of Public Safety.

Social media users were quick to note the object's similarity to the strange alien monoliths in Stanley Kubrick's classic sci-fi film '2001: A Space Odyssey.'

In the film, the monolith was a tool created by an alien race that trigger huge leaps in human progress.

LATE ARTIST'S SECRET INSTALLATION

The structure has also drawn comparisons to the work of minimalist artist John McCracken.

McCracken, who died in 2011, was known for his freestanding sculptures in the shape of pyramids, cubes, or sleek slabs.

The monolith closely resembles McCracken's pieces, leading some to speculate this could be one of his own works of art.

Adding to the theory is that McCracken had lived and worked in nearby New Mexico and California.

A spokeswoman for his representative David Zwirner said it was not one of McCracken's works.

Zwirner later gave another statement in which he suggested the piece was indeed by McCracken.

'The gallery is divided on this,' Zwirner said. 'I believe this is definitely by John.'

NEW WAVE ARTIST OR SCI-FI FAN

Many have speculated the structure could just be the work of a new wave artist or sci-fi fan.

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Pilot Bret Hutchings, who discovered the monolith, suggested it was placed by 'a big 2001: A Space Odyssey' fan.'

A David Zwirner rep said it was possibly by a fellow artist paying homage to McCracken.

'It's the type of material that doesn't degrade with the elements. It may only be a few years old, who knows. There's no real way based on the material it's made out of how long it's actually been there,' he said on Tuesday.

The mystery has sparked a number of theories of how it got there, from an alien invasion to a late artist's undiscovered work.

Some observers also pointed out the object's resemblance to the avant-garde work of John McCracken, an American artist who lived for a time in nearby New Mexico, and died in 2011.

McCracken was known for his freestanding sculptures in the shape of pyramids, cubes, or sleek slabs.

The monolith most closely resembles McCracken's plank-like sculptures featured at his exhibit at the David Zwirner art gallery in New York.

On Tuesday a spokeswoman for David Zwirner said it was not one of McCracken's works, but possibly by a fellow artist paying homage.

However later in the day Zwirner gave another statement in which he suggested the piece was indeed by McCracken, meaning it had lain undiscovered in the desert for nearly a decade.

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'The gallery is divided on this,' Zwirner said. 'I believe this is definitely by John.'

He added: 'Who would have known that 2020 had yet another surprise for us. Just when we thought we had seen it all. Let's go see it.'

On social media, others remarked on its discovery during a turbulent year that has seen the world gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic, and optimistically speculated it could have a different function entirely.

'This is the 'reset' button for 2020. Can someone please press it quickly?' joked one Instagram user.

'Up close it reads: "Covid vaccine inside"' wrote another.

Bret Hutchings, the pilot who happened to fly over the obelisk, speculated that it had been planted by 'some new wave artist.'

Either way, Hutchings admitted it was 'about the strangest thing I've come across out there, in all my years of flying.'

'We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it,' he told local news channel KSLTV.

Utah has a history of 'land art,' unusual installations that cropped up far from population centers in the 1960s and '70s.

The most famous, Spiral Jetty, a 1,500-foot-long coil by artist Robert Smithson in 1970 that's composed entirely of mud, salt crystals and basalt.

Located on the northeastern edge of the Great Salt Lake near Rozel Point, the jetty appears and disappears depending on water levels.

So far, no one has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the monolith, though.

The workers took video and photos of the object, but left in place.

So far, it hasn't disturbed the bighorn sheep that live in the southern half of Utah.

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Their population was once down to under a thousand in the 1970s, but conservation efforts have seen them make a big comeback in recent decades.

a canyon with a mountain in the background: On social media, others remarked on its discovery during a turbulent year that has seen the world gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic, prompting them to suggest an alien invasion is not impossible © Provided by Daily Mail On social media, others remarked on its discovery during a turbulent year that has seen the world gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic, prompting them to suggest an alien invasion is not impossible a close up of a beach: The monolith is located inside a red rock cove but workers have withheld details about its exact location to prevent others from endangering themselves trying to get a closer look © Provided by Daily Mail The monolith is located inside a red rock cove but workers have withheld details about its exact location to prevent others from endangering themselves trying to get a closer look Read more

Another monolith erected, this time in southern California .
The tall, silver structure drew hikers to the area after photos were posted on social media. The appearance of the California monolith came after several athletes posted on Instagram and YouTube that they were part of a group in Utah that pushed down the hollow stainless-steel structure and took it away in a wheelbarrow. A similar structure that appeared last week in Romania has also disappeared. The gleaming monolith found deep in the Utah desert was striking, a mysterious beacon that immediately captured the attention of a world grappling with a punishing pandemic casting a pall over the holiday season.

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