Men responsible for ‘disappearance’ of Utah Monolith explain why they removed it

The mysterious metal monolith that became an international talking point when it was discovered by officers from the Utah Department of Public Safety in mid-November disappeared last week.

And its disappearance caused even more wild speculation: was it an art installation? A message from aliens? A publicity stunt for a Hollywood film?

What it was, and why it was there, may never be known. But at least we now know where it went.

The strange object had been standing in rural Utah’s Red Rock Country since at least October 2016, but it achieved world fame on November 18 when the state employees spotted it while surveying sheep numbers.

It wasn’t long before the site became a place of pilgrimage for UFO enthusiasts, Instagram influencers, and miscellaneous interested parties.

And locals quickly reacted to the sudden increase noise, traffic, and people pooping in the unspoiled wilderness. Four of them broke it down and removed it under cover of night.

Lewis and Sylvan Christensen, to say they were part of the group responsible, explained why they had decided to remove the bizarre object.

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Speaking to local news site Grit they explained that while they supported the work of artists, there had to be some kind of ethical limits to art.

“The ethical failures of the artist for the 24” equilateral gouge in the sandstone from the erecting of the Utah Monolith, was not even close to the damage caused by the internet sensationalism and subsequent reaction from the world. This land wasn’t physically prepared for the population shift – especially during a pandemic).

“People arrived by car, by bus, by van, helicopter, planes, trains, motorcycles and E-bikes and there isn’t even a parking lot."

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They added: "There aren’t bathrooms— and yes, pooping in the desert is a misdemeanour. There was a lot of that. There are no marked trails, no trash cans, and its not a user group area.

"There are no designated camp sites. Each and every user on public land is supposed to be aware of the importance and relevance of this information and the laws associated with them.

"Because if you did, anyone going out there and filming the monolith and monetising it without properly permitting the use of the land— would know that’s an offence too."

A copycat obelisk sprang up in Romania as the Utah locals were hauling away the original one. And that, too, has now disappeared.

We may never know where the original Utah Monolith came from – but at least we know where it’s gone.

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