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What is Up with that Mystery Monolith that Appeared & Vanished?

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For a week, the internet has been speculating what’s going on in the Utah desert. And it honestly feels like something out of an alien movie. It was all because of a mystery metallic monolith that appeared out of nowhere. And immediately, rumors and conspiracy theories started floating in. And to top it off, it then mysteriously disappeared! So, what was it really? Aliens? Or is 2001: A Space Odyssey happening in real life?

When did the mystery monolith arrive in Utah?

What is Up with that Mystery Monolith that Appeared & Vanished?
Utah Department of Public Safety
Luckily, Redditors came to the rescue, with dedicated users trying their best to ascertain where the mystery Utah monolith came from. And trust me, these Redditors were not amateur by any means. They even isolated the monolith’s approximate location. They did so by tracking the flight paths of Utah Public Safety’s helicopters, then triangulating a rough area near Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River. Later on, they used Google Earth to narrow down the coordinates. Once they had the location figured out, the analysis of the origin of the mystery monolith truly began.

Now, according to the historical imagining of the location, the mystery monolith appeared someday between August 2015 and October 2016. That is a fairly significant gap in time. However, during that time period, Westworld was also filming its first season at a nearby location. Therefore, the most plausible explanation seems to be that some crew member forgot to pack up the props properly. Or, it could be that they tried to play a prank on humanity, inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Moreover, recent films like 127 Hours and Mission: Impossible 2 were also shot in nearby locations. Even classic Western films from the 40s to the 60s were shot here. However, it’s highly unlikely that they left any prop in this location that put humanity in an existential crisis. Moreover, the location and temporal analysis by Redditors is also fairly accurate. Therefore, we can discard these old movies in finding the origin of the mysterious monolith. But, it could then be the work of an artist?

Was it the doing of John McCracken?

Another theory suggests that this monolith was the work of sculptor John McCracken. The David Zwirner gallery is responsible for his estate, and they suggested in a tweet that the mystery monolith looked like a legitimate work of McCracken, saying:

The portal to Utah is at David Zwirner 20th Street.

Now, most people close to McCracken think it’s unlikely that the artist would leave his work in the middle of the Utah desert. However, the artist’s son, Patrick McCracken told the New York Times that the monolith did remind him of a conversation he had with his father in 2002.

We were standing outside looking at the stars and he said something to the effect of that he would like to leave his artwork in remote places to be discovered later. This discovery of a monolith piece — that’s very much in line with his artistic vision.

However, there’s an elephant in the room that we’re not addressing. John McCracken died in 2011. And since the 2015-2016 timeline of the monolith is pretty accurate, it means that the monolith would have to be out in place years after his death. Even if it is his work, it looks unlikely to be his plan.

And then, we have another mystery at our hands – the fact that the monolith has disappeared!

The mystery monolith disappears

The Bureau of Land Management recently revealed that the monolith is now gone and that they had nothing to do with it. They said in an official statement on Facebook:

We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the ‘monolith’ has been removed from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands by an unknown party. The BLM did not remove the structure which is considered private property.

Moreover, they’ve also dumped the burden of the investigation of the disappearance on the Sherrif. According to adventure photographer Ross Bernard, who was last with the monolith, four unidentified men came and uprooted the structure. The photographer revealed on Instagram that the men were saying this as they dismantled it:

This is why you don’t leave trash in the desert.

And to make things more complicated, there’s now another mystery monolith. This time, it’s located at Batca Doamnei Hill in the city of Piatra Neamt in Romania’s north-eastern Neamt County, according to The Mirror. It is identical to the Utah monolith and has basically put the internet into a frenzy. And just like Utah, no one knows who installed it. In short, the plot thickens…

Could it be that this is just an advertisement for an upcoming movie? Or is there really something mysterious happening, like Aliens? Let us know in the comments below what you make of this whole situation.

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