Since reporting on this story, the mysterious Utah monolith has vanished... but so far, the explanation is not aliens.
It turns out that some environmentally-conscious folks were not too happy with this man-made structure being installed in the middle of a natural, preserved area, and so they dug it up and toted it away. Who knows where it is today?
Well, it could be in Romania. Because an identical looking structure turned up in Romania just a day or two after the one in Utah disappeared, and then, get this, just like in Utah, the monolith in Romania... mysteriously vanished.
Then another similar looking monolith, possibly the same one, showed up Atascadero, California (specifically, on Pine Mountain)...and, then, yes, you got it... mysteriously vanished.
Take a look at the different "monoliths" that have been in the news, including the one from Seattle in 2001 that also disappeared mysteriously. You can also compare them on a map. Do you see any weird trends? Is there a rhyme and a reason to why some, or all, of these structures were built?
(click into the Monolith map)
Fellow UFO reporter Jess Rogge and I discussed this news recently, and dove into the possible inspiration behind these strange structures - 2001 a Space Odyssey!!! Check out that conversation right here:
The internet, especially in Utah, was astir this week over a very strange silver, metallic looking "obelisk" - of sorts - discovered by the Utah Highway Patrol, who shared about it on Facebook along with an alien emoji (naturally) on Friday. The (since dubbed) "monolith" was found on accident by the UHP, who were helping with a sheep count. Apparently, the object was spotted from above in a helicopter, but as you can tell from the photo, the UHP did get a closer look:
Due to the remote and potentially dangerous location of the seemingly metallic structure, which was firmly buried in the ground "in the middle of nowhere," the UHP did not disclose where they found it. Nor did the UHP share much about the object... they did not even confirm that it was made of metal. Many are suggesting sheet metal, though.
The main location of the UHP is in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to the contact us page, so it's possible the mysterious object was found in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, bordering the city.
Believe it or not, this is not the first time something like this has happened! In 2001, on New Years Day, in Seattle, Washington, a similar looking "monolith" was found in a park. It quickly drew the attention of curious onlookers, but disappeared just a few days later. A group of Seattle artists called "Some People" took credit for the installation, however they didn't take credit for removing it... which is a little suspect, in my opinion...
That said, both the Utah and Washington "monoliths" look an awful lot like the monolith featured in the beginning - and the end - of the mind-bending, scifi classic 2001 A Space Odyssey. So, it is definitely possible that these mysterious structures were installed by fans of the film.
Another similar monolith is the Georgia Guidestones, which were commissioned by an anonymous man (or woman!) who went by the name of R.C. Christian, in 1980. The controversial stones had ten "guidelines" written on them, and in multiple languages. Why controversial? Well, the first guideline is to "Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature." The guidestones have been vandalized multiple times.
Check out a comparison of the Utah, Washington, and Georgia "monoliths" with the one from the fictional film, 2001 A Space Odyssey:
What do you think is the origin of this recent discovery in Utah? Is it an art installation inspired by a movie? Is there some other man-made explanation for it?
Or could this be a sign that aliens are among us?
Let me know - as always! - what you think in the comments.