They plant a third “monolith”, this time in California


The fashion for metal “monoliths” at its peak. After the appearances and disappearances of the desert of Utah and Romania, social networks celebrate the arrival of another metal tower in California.

It bears great similarities to the recently removed metallic object from Utah. This stainless steel monolith also has three sides and is welded at the corners. The side walls are apparently riveted to an internal steel frame. However, the upper part was still smooth and showed no traces of welding.

Like his “brothers” of course, he also attracts dozens of tourists, delighted to post their selfies next to the fashionable object.

As the local newspaper Atascadero News reports, the steel colossus is not attached to the ground and “could topple over with a strong impact.” Atascadero News estimates that it weighs about 90 kilograms.

Walkers found the metal monolith on Pine Mountain in Atascadero, which is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Some posted their photos on social media.

As with its “sister monolith”, it is unclear how the object got to its location.

In mid-November, Utah authorities discovered a metal monolith during a helicopter flight. They stated that the object, which may be an art installation, had been “pinned to the ground” on public land without permission.

The metal column, strongly reminiscent of a monolith from Stanley Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” had given rise to wild speculation. Many had circulated the strangest theories about the origin of objects and their sudden disappearance.

Authorities had kept the exact location of the column secret, but resourceful netizens located the object on Google Earth and shared it on the Internet.

Within hours, many onlookers and tourists went to the Utah desert in search of the mysterious monolith. According to local media reports, not only did they leave trash behind, but their vehicles also damaged the fragile desert ecosystem.

A few days ago, strangers had dismantled the column and transported it in a wheelbarrow. A photographer who was present had stated on Instagram that the men had shouted “Leave no trace,” a well-known environmental slogan.

The third “monolith” was established in Romania. It also disappeared again after a short time. However, unlike buildings in Utah and California, its surface is decorated with spiral motifs.

The truth is that as the appearances and disappearances multiply, the mystery of the original is lost.


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