Just when we thought this year couldn't get bizarre enough, it did. In the weirdest of occurrences, mysterious monoliths have been spotted across the globe with no clue as to how they got there. The shiny metal structures have caught everyone’s attention after being spotted across the globe in Utah, Romania, California and most recently, Britain. While no one really knew where they came from, they disappeared as swiftly as they came. This mysteriousness has certainly piqued the interest of everyone on the internet and this is everything that is known about what they are-
What exactly are the Monoliths?
A monolith is a ‘very large, upright piece of stone, especially one that was put in place in ancient times’ according to Collin’s Dictionary. A prime example of a monolith could be the structures of Stonehenge. While one may think nothing of them, they have sparked discussions all over the internet because the monoliths are apparently supposed to be symbols that are planted by ‘aliens to trigger a leap in human evolution’. While this may sound a bit crazy to just about anyone, Sci-fi lovers swear by as it as bears resemblance to the monoliths seen in Stanley Kubrick's classic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey, based on the Space Odyssey series by Arthur C. Clarke.
The monoliths that have been appearing can be described as long vertical slabs of metal, each 10 to 12 feet tall. They have appeared in several places since the beginning of November.
A timeline of the Monolith appearances (and disappearances)
November 18: The first of the Monoliths appear in Utah’s Red Rock Country and kickstarts everyone’s obsession with them. Hidden deep in the desert, the 10ft shiny metal object was found by wildlife officials. Fearing 100s of people flocking to the desert, officials did not reveal the exact location of it. Not knowing where it came from or how it got there, the officials were perplexed since the canyon is vast, remote and almost inaccessible without a helicopter. “It’s a tough place to get on a vehicle and on foot,” a spokesman for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources tells New York Times. Not knowing since when it had been there, Reddit users used google earth images to guess that it had been installed somewhere between August 2015 and October 2016.
However, the monolith soon disappeared just as quickly it was found on November 27. BASE jumper Andy Lewis and adventure guide Sylvan Christensen, filmed themselves dismantling the structure citing environmental concerns and fearing permeant damage to the delicate ecosystem to the desert.
November 27: The very day that the Utah Monolith was dismantled, another one was spotted across the globe, in Romania. Close to an important archaeological site outside Piatra Neamt, it was found near a place that Romanians regarded as ‘holy’. However, just a few days after it’s the appearance it once again vanishes on December 1st.
December 1: The very day that the monolith vanished from Romania, another one appeared in California. Found at the top of a hiking trail on Pine Mountain, it was dismantled just 2 days later by a group of young men who live-streamed themselves. Deemed racists and chanting “American First” and “Christ is King”, they brought the monolith down and instead put up a wooden cross in its place.
December 7: Once again, a monolith appears out of nowhere on the Isle Of Wight in England. According to Sky News, the mystery structure was spotted by locals on the island that lies off the south coast of England. A spokesman for the trust who owns that part of the beach tells CNN, “We were unaware of the monolith’s presence until this morning, but we’ve now visited Compton Beach and it seems secure on a wooden plinth and is made from mirrored sections of plastic or perspex material”.
These appearances and disappearances have led to people as well as organisations setting up inquiries about the monoliths and who could have possibly created them. While some choose to believe in conspiracy theories about it being erected by aliens, some believe they are art installations were some sort of publicity stunt. In fact, The prankster art collective The Most Famous Artist has come forward and taken credit for the monoliths found in Utah and California. They are even auctioning an “authentic alien monolith” on their website for around $45,000!
While some believe this was an elaborate money-making stunt that went too far, others believe it certainly can be qualified as art since they were installations that piqued peoples interest and generated a dialogue about it.