Throughout the past week, mystery monoliths have been well and truly dominating the internet after 3 were discovered in Utah, Romania, and then California.
But, it seems just a day after the structure California was found, it has been destroyed - and, luckily for us, the whole thing was streamed.
Keep scrolling to watch the bizarre ritual for yourselves...
The mystery of the flagship monolith in Utah started last Monday during a routine wildlife check that took an extraterrestrial turn...And it really got the internet talking.
Officers spotted the mysterious monolith right in the middle of rural Utah.The Utah Department of Public Safety took a helicopter over the desert when the strange sighting took place earlier this week.
They were helping the Division of Wildlife Resources do a routine count bighorn sheep...When they suddenly noticed a strange-looking object on the ground.
The object appeared to come straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey."One of the biologists spotted it, and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it," pilot Bret Hutchings said.
"He was like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!' And I was like, 'What.' And he's like, 'There's this thing back there, we've got to go look at it!'"And there it was.
Right in the middle of a clearing in the rock stood the strange object.Hutchings said it was easily "between ten and twelve feet high."
Although he admitted it didn't look like it had fallen to the ground...But instead, placed there on purpose.
"We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it."Still, Hutchings thought the object was more than likely placed there by a human, rather than an extraterrestrial.
"I'm assuming it's some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big 2001: A Space Odyssey fan," he said...
A mysterious Monolith has been discovered deep in the Utah desert 👽 (via @CNN) https://t.co/KqgGFUnEha— Culture Crave 🍿 (@Culture Crave 🍿)1606187423.0
Although it was all pretty exciting, the DPS quickly confirmed that it is illegal for any forms of artwork to be placed without permission...
Who put the metal monolith in the Utah wilderness #IWouldGladlyPayToSee https://t.co/x7ttyaCV3w— Sydney Kravetz (@Sydney Kravetz)1606179808.0
Well, this didn't stop people from visiting the eerie monument.Tourists were quick to track down the monolith to investigate themselves and, of course, some wild theories were born as a result.
Speculation was rife as to what the monolith could be...
Based on Satellite images: the #utahmonolith was placed between Aug 2015 & Oct 2016. https://t.co/roDL9ws1oa— Austin Grant (@Austin Grant)1606234953.0
Firstly, it could be an art structure.
physically i’m at my house, but mentally i’m at the utah monolith https://t.co/2PIL4822W5— shane (@shane)1606333268.0
Which artist though?A gallery owner recently claimed the work may be a tribute to the art of the late artist John McCracken, who created similar-looking objects before he died in 2011.
A second theory was that it could be alien evolutionary device.
Thinking about aliens <3 #utahmonolith https://t.co/pWjeOgtssq— ᴍᴀᴅɴᴇss ᴋᴇᴇᴘᴇʀ (@ᴍᴀᴅɴᴇss ᴋᴇᴇᴘᴇʀ)1606199404.0
Thirdly, it could be an alien probe.
We could just leave the Utah monolith alone and mind our business. And not summon an alien or demon or whatever du… https://t.co/gPuaq3AV5k— Tinu Abayomi-Paul (@Tinu Abayomi-Paul)1606203998.0
However, others believe that it could be a Kubrick fan installation.The visionary director left a profound legacy, garnering millions of fans around the world. As the monolith he devised for 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most famous objects in movie history, it's not out of the question that one of the director's followers decided to recreate it.
And, lastly, some believed that it could be a government "control device."
@nowthisnews The truth is around us 👽— Vic (@Vic)1606412930.0
Of course, the actual government didn't confirm any of this.But the DPS did warn people against trying to find it: "It is in a very remote area and if individuals were to attempt to visit the area, there is a significant possibility they may become stranded and require rescue."
But last weekend, things became even more mysterious...
What started as a routine flyover suddenly took a turn after Utah officers stumbled upon a shiny, mysterious monoli… https://t.co/ue2PnTCevb— CNN (@CNN)1606633265.0
According to the New York Times, the monolith disappeared into thin air.
The mysterious metal monolith that was found last week in the Utah desert has vanished. https://t.co/tUFYRCfhe0— The New York Times (@The New York Times)1606620551.0
Utah's Bureau of Land Management confirmed the news.In a statement, they revealed that the structure was removed last Friday evening by "an unknown party."
And then, to make things even weirder...A monolith suddenly showed up at the Petrodava Dacian Fortress in Romania. "We have started looking into the strange appearance of the monolith," said Neamt Culture and Heritage official Rocsana Josanu.
"It is on private property, but we still don't know who the monolith's owner is yet. It is in a protected area on an archaeological site."
So the #Monolith first appeared in #Utah and then disappeared yesterday. Then seemingly instantly appeared on the o… https://t.co/fczbd2syB4— David Vox Mullen (@David Vox Mullen)1606730853.0
And then, just when you thought there couldn't be more twists in the tale, a couple came forward claiming that they witnessed the monolith being escorted away.In a lengthy Instagram post, monolith-hunter, Riccardo Marino, wrote: "All that was left in its place was a message written in the dirt that said 'bye b***h' with a fresh pee stain right next to it."
"Someone had just stolen the statue, and we were the first to arrive at the scene.""We arrived at the location to see nothing but the foul markings left and we realized we must have been the first people to see it removed."
And even weirder?"At about 10:45pm roughly 4 miles into Lockhart Basin we passed a truck that was hauling a large object strapped down In the bed with the hatch open. I thought for a second that it was the monolith but after driving 8 hours to get here we ignored it and convinced ourselves they were hauling off-road vehicles. We continued 30 minutes down the bumpy dirt road and arrived at 11:11 pm to the pinpoint I selected for us to start hiking from."
"Unsurprisingly there were other campers in the area that all seemed to be asleep. Right before leaving the car we heard voices in the distance, they were coming from the trucks we had just passed.""We didn’t acknowledge them and continued minding our own business. Our short hike under the moonlight was easy to navigate by just using google maps."
"We made the best of the situation and created a more fitting exit for this otherworldly piece of artwork. Our rendition of the monolith returning back to space. Sadly some rando’s now posses it instead of our alien friends."
And if you thought you'd seen the last of the mystery monoliths...Think again.
A third monolith was soon discovered...But this time in California.
The strange silver column was found on Pine Mountain by a group of hikers.
🚨 🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨 🚨 There is currently a monolith at the top of Pine Mountain in Atascadero!! (Photos by… https://t.co/CweJZdhocM— Connor Allen (@Connor Allen)1606946371.0
According to local newspaper Atascadero News, this monolith isn’t cemented in the ground as firmly as the one Utah was.
A third monolith found. Pine Mountain California...😨 https://t.co/XyIJga7P0y— LANGD⊙N (@LANGD⊙N)1606968056.0
But, before the monolith had the chance to mysteriously disappear, it was destroyed.
@ConnorCAllen @Atownreporter We absolutely need to mark these 3 monoliths on map before they are being destroyed to… https://t.co/T1tPySzaIL— #HKforTrump HKer のぞみ (@#HKforTrump HKer のぞみ)1606971209.0
One man then addresses the camera directly:
@PoRiverJamBand Update: the california monolith has already been destroyed by white supremacists (this isn’t a joke)— Borwin (@Borwin)1607029998.0
The group streamed their efforts for a whopping 5 hours...
A group of men shouting "Christ is King" and "America First" destroyed a new monolith and replaced it with a wooden… https://t.co/3p4AA2FexK— VICE (@VICE)1607018414.0
They even stop to pose and take photos with the new statue.
Those weird monolith things popping up lately in Utah, Romania, and California..."Xtian" nutjobs apparently destroy… https://t.co/B3451bNSLi— Akabanes_vaccinenuggets (@Akabanes_vaccinenuggets)1607060386.0