The mysterious Utah monolith has vanished

midian182

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In a nutshell: The mystery of the monolith recently discovered in the Utah desert has deepened after the structure disappeared—though there are some clues as to what happened.

On November 18, the Utah Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Aero Bureau, working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, found “a metal monolith installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock” during a count of bighorn sheep.

Measuring between 10 and 12 feet tall, it’s unknown who made the structure, how it got there, and the length of time it had been in place, though internet detectives used Google Maps to show it appeared sometime between August 2015 and October 2016. Many believe it to be the work of minimalist artist John McCracken, who died in 2011, or perhaps a tribute to him by a fellow artist.

While the appearance of a monolith straight from 2001: A Space Odyssey generated a lot of excitement, the DPS didn’t appreciate the joke/tribute/promotion/alien message. “It is illegal, destructive to the rock, and potentially disruptive to the Big Horn Sheep if it becomes a trend,” the agency said.

The location of the monolith wasn’t shared publicly in case people got lost in the area while trying to locate it. That didn’t stop visitors, of course, some of whom posted photos of the structure on social media.

As reported by The Guardian, Riccardo Marino and Sierra Van Meter visited the spot late Friday night to take some photographs. “All that was left in its place was a message written in the dirt that said ‘bye bitch’ with a fresh pee stain right next to it,” Marino posted to Instagram. “Someone had just stolen the statue, and we were the first to arrive at the scene.”

Marino said the pair passed a pickup truck carrying a large object driving in the opposite direction as they traveled to the site. A Reddit user, meanwhile, also posted a picture of the former site.

The Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has denied removing the structure. “The BLM did not remove the structure which is considered private property,” the agency wrote on its Facebook page. “We do not investigate crimes involving private property which are handled by the local sheriff’s office.”

Not every part of the monolith was taken. The perpetrators left behind the metal plate that sat atop the structure.

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amghwk

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Maybe the alien technology will track down the DNA in the pee and screw that a-hole who did it.
 

cliffordcooley

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If I was to place a bet. The state removed it quietly because they don't want traffic in the area. Nor do they want any media backlash over removing it.
 

VitalyT

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DPS didn’t appreciate the joke/tribute/promotion/alien message. “It is illegal, destructive to the rock, and potentially disruptive to the Big Horn Sheep if it becomes a trend,” the agency said.
Are these the same people, who when they are not stealing things in the name of the law, they are trying to sue the moon for shining too bright at night and disrupting their sleep? Wherever the tax payer's money flow...
 

moon982

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Most likely the Utah Department of Public Safety’s or other government agency removed it to stop people from going there.
 

Tantor

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Most likely the Utah Department of Public Safety’s or other government agency removed it to stop people from going there.
Reporters would have been tipped off.

The state would have sent out a preliminary team to determine the best way to load it. We don't know if the monolith was buried in the sand, or how deep. If so, they would have needed a backhoe and possibly a crane. If it was solid, it would weigh tons.

This was probably a prank by an 'artist'. You would be amazed at what they call art nowadays. The monolith is probably residing in some millionaire's mansion.
 

Uncle Al

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I loved the report by the fellow that stated it was three pieces of metal riveted together and highly polished to make those rivets all but disappear. Smart money is on the thing opting to go to the bahamas where it's a darn site warmer than where it was!
 

moon982

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I loved the report by the fellow that stated it was three pieces of metal riveted together and highly polished to make those rivets all but disappear. Smart money is on the thing opting to go to the bahamas where it's a darn site warmer than where it was!
Utah Department of Public Safety’s, FBI or wildlife and safety or some government agency removed it in the night or morning?
 

Arbie

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The aliens got tired of waiting for Trump to concede and are taking their monolith somewhere sane.
 
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