The mysterious metal monolith discovered in rural Utah has disappeared. The structure was removed by an “unknown party” at some point on November 27. It was originally discovered by a helicopter crew from the Public Safety Department on November 18.
Utah public safety officials did not reveal the location of the mysterious metal structure that appeared in the middle of the desert before its disappearance, as they did not want people to curiously search for it, as this could lead to them to getting lost in the desert.
However, several people had succeeded in locating the monolith in southern Moab prior to its disappearance.
According to three explorers, finding the structure before its disappearance was easier than expected.
However, the journey was not without its challenges, as it involved driving in the dark over rocky terrain and checking GPS coordinates.
At least one explorer was lost at first but said the trip was worth it, even if the structure was not made by aliens.
Although its location has not been disclosed, adventurers were able to find the mysterious metal structure in the depths of the American desert.
But that does not mean that you can pack your luggage to visit the site yourself. The Utah Bureau of Land Management said in a Facebook post on Saturday that the structure was removed by an “unknown party” sometime Friday night.
The post emphasized that the office “did not remove the structure which is considered private property.”
David Surber may have been among the first to personally see the monolith.
The coordinates of the structure were circulated on the Reddit website, but none of the users could confirm their authenticity, so Surber volunteered to find out.
The coordinates were correct, and Surber eagerly shared the results of his visit with 200 users on Reddit.
Whether it was an extraterrestrial structure or the result of artistic expression, the structure provided an opportunity for thousands of people to pay attention to something positive again, Surber said in an email to CNN.
Another explorer, YouTube user Justin McBride, who documents his travels through the American West, did some searching on Google Earth to find the coordinates of the structure and set out with a friend to locate it before sunrise, when it was still dark.
Talon Sitzinger documented his journey to the mysterious structure on YouTube as well, but his experience was more dangerous than McBride’s.
Sitzinger, who is known as Talon Sei on YouTube, found the coordinates of the structure on Reddit and set off for the desert.
His journey led him to the edges of steep valleys that obstructed his path. He almost gave up, but was able to find the structure on his way to another path.
Soon after the structure disappeared, adventurer Riccardo Marino posted to Instagram, “Someone had just stolen the statue, and we were the first to arrive at the scene.”
Marino said he saw a pickup truck with a large object in its bed driving in the opposite direction shortly before his arrival.
The object’s origins remain unknown, but Bret Hutchings, the helicopter pilot who discovered it, estimated it to be between 10ft and 12ft high (about three meters).
“One of the biologists spotted it, and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” Hutchings told local news station KSL. “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!’”
Some have compared the monolith to the artwork of minimalist sculptors, including the late John McCracken. A spokesperson for McCracken’s gallery, David Zwirner, told the Guardian earlier this week that the structure was not one of the sculptor’s works.
However, Zwirner later told the New York Times that it could in fact have been made by the artist. Since its disappearance, visitors have begun stacking rocks around the site, along with the top piece that was left behind.