The Utah desert’s monolith has disappeared

Almost two weeks after its discovery, the mysterious monolith found planted on top of a rock in the middle of the Utah desert has disappeared. The sudden appearance and disappearance of the metal figure remain a mystery of its own and have unavoidably brought about a lot of speculations. In fact, the monolith once it appeared was automatically assimilated to 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film directed by Stanley Kubrick and released in 1968. Obviously, people through such assimilation speculated that the object was of extra-terrestrial origin. However, the officials (Bureau of Land Management “BLM”) said that the structure was most likely a work of art and that its installation on public land was illegal. Even though they were unable to discover the origin of the monolith and when it was installed, the art world quickly speculated that it was the work of John McCracken, a sculptor fond of science fiction.

Since the discovery, the officials refused to disclose the metal stick location because they did not want curiosity seekers to become stranded in the remote landscape and require to be rescued. Given how much of curiosity the figure arose, it’s irrelevant to specify that some people still managed to successfully located the monolith; precisely in south of Moab. One of the first (David Surber) posted on his Instagram after his visit that it was aluminum, not magnetic and sounded “like a cardboard box” when he knocked on it.

Whatever it was, whenever it was tucked in, whoever put it there and for whatever reasons; the monolith has now disappeared as posted by BLM on twitter. “We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the ‘monolith’ has been removed by an unknown party. The BLM did not remove the structure which is considered private property” they wrote on the post. This information was later confirmed by visitors who of course found the figure gone.

Since the metal was illegally planted in a public area according to The Bureau of Land Management, they would not be investigating the disappearance because “crimes involving private property” are managed by the local sheriff’s office. This whole story has certainly added more to the mysteries and unprecedented events 2020 has shown us since day one.

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