As mysteriously as it appeared, it has disappeared. The so-called monolith (it is not made of stone, but of metal) found by federal agents in a very remote area of Utah’s Red Desert He has disappeared without a trace, according to the authorities.
The agents tried to keep the location of the mysterious stainless steel tower secret, precisely to avoid problems or that myriads of curious people began to enter the desert to search for it and get lost.
It has been of no use.
Utah’s state zoning office said this weekend it received “credible testimony” that the object was removed by an unknown person on Friday night.
“The office has not removed the structure, which is considered private property,” the office said in a statement.
“We do not investigate crimes involving private property, which are the responsibility of the local sheriff’s office,” he added. Agents estimated that the object could have been planted there for a few decades.
The surprising discovery had caused all kinds of speculation on social networks, especially with its resemblance to the black monolith that appears in the film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ by director Stanley Kubrick. In the film, the strange extraterrestrial monoliths are a vector that accelerates the evolution of humanity.
Others pointed out that the discovery came in a year that was, at the very least, turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic, in the optimistic hope that the object could perhaps improve the situation.
“This is the 2020 reset button. Did someone quickly press it?” Joked one Instagram user.
“Somebody spent a lot of time using some kind of tool to cut the rock or something to dig, almost exactly in the shape of the object, and they actually planted it,” Nick Street, a spokesman for the Utah Department of Public Safety, told New York. Times.
“It’s strange,” he added. “There are roads nearby, but bringing in the equipment to cut the rock, bring in the metal, which is over 12 feet (3.70 meters) long – doing all of that in this remote location is really impressive,” he said.
A work of art by John McCracken?
Some observers see a resemblance to the avant-garde works of John McCracken, an American sculptor who lived for a time in the neighboring state of New Mexico and died in 2011.
His son, Patrick McCracken, recently told The Times that his father told him in 2002 that he would like to “leave his works in lost places to be discovered later.”
Earlier this week, David Zwirner, a gallery owner and Mr. McCracken’s legal representative, said that it was possible that the mysterious monolith was the work of the artist.
The New York Times explains that if it really is a McCracken work, he took the idea to its last consequences because he had not told his family, his friends, or his agent.
“The gallery is divided on the issue,” he said, adding that he was “convinced” that the monolith was in fact by Mr. McCracken and would not have been discovered for nearly a decade.
“Who would have suspected that 2020 would bring another surprise? Just when we thought we had seen it all. Let’s see what it is about,” he said.
Although authorities declined to reveal the location of the monolith, an online race was quickly launched to determine its location based on the surrounding geological formations.
Some managed to locate the site, only to find the missing object, such as David Surber.
_Awesome trip to the monolith today. No matter who built it or where it came from. It was a positive escape from today’s world. Something for many people to get together and enjoy together.
However, it seems that another of the seekers who managed to find it has not been so considerate and has taken it.