It seems as though the mystery of the disappearing monolith may have finally been solved... But we're not buying it.
Just days after a cryptic message was found at its original location, a TikTok user has come out to explain the strange disappearance...And their account seemingly explains everything.
Now, the mystery started last Monday during a routine wildlife check...Something that quickly took an extraterrestrial turn.
Officers spotted a 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.
They stumbled across an object that 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...
In reference to the 1968 film where a large black monolith appears to study early civilization.
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...
"No matter what planet you're from," they said in a statement released last Monday.
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...
Or where it even came from in the first place.
Based on Satellite images: the #utahmonolith was placed between Aug 2015 & Oct 2016. https://t.co/roDL9ws1oa— Austin Grant (@Austin Grant)1606234953.0
Of course, the actual government remained tight-lipped on the whole situation...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 then, just to make this story even more mysterious...
Over the weekend, the monolith suddenly vanished!
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 Times reported that the monolith had been removed - however, Utah authorities say they had no idea who removed it.
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 by "an unknown party."
Posting to Facebook, the Bureau of Land Management wrote: "We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the “monolith" has been removed from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands by an unknown party. The BLM did not remove the structure which is considered private property. We do not investigate crimes involving private property which are handled by the local sheriff’s office."
One word. Aliens.The post continued: "The structure has received international and national attention and we received reports that a person or group removed it on the evening of Nov. 27." It was definitely aliens, wasn't it? Maybe...
And then, to make things even weirder...The 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."
What does it all mean?
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."
"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."
Of course, there have been many theories as to what these strange structures could be.
Firstly, it could be an art structure. One of the more popular theories - and one supported by officials themselves - is that the monoliths could have been made and placed by an artist.
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 they could be alien evolutionary devices.
Thanks to their resemblance to the famous object from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, many couldn't help but jump to a science-fiction conclusion.
Thinking about aliens <3 #utahmonolith https://t.co/pWjeOgtssq— ᴍᴀᴅɴᴇss ᴋᴇᴇᴘᴇʀ (@ᴍᴀᴅɴᴇss ᴋᴇᴇᴘᴇʀ)1606199404.0
Thirdly, they could be alien probes.
Besides having some specific impact on the inhabitants of planet Earth, the monolith could "just" be an extraterrestrial probe, sent here to learn about our ways.
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 they could be Kubrick fan installations.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 they were government "control devices."
Because of course, they did. The American Southwest is rife with government military installations and mysterious bases like Area 51. Having monoliths be a part of some government experiment is a connection that's easy to make for any conspiracy-minded Internet dweller.
@nowthisnews The truth is around us 👽— Vic (@Vic)1606412930.0