Romania, apparently.I wonder where it'll turn up next?
It had to be flat packed. A solid lump of steel that size wouldn't fall over, but would weigh 11 tons (even aluminium would be 4 tons.) That's a big old lump to cart around.Hmmm... Maybe the owner retrieved it, but took along a leftover part from its construction to fill the hole. Doesn't look like it was deep enough into the rock to stay upright for very long. I suppose the claim it was placed in 2015 or 2016 is likely.
It was made of sheet stainless steel, held together with pop rivets and, according to one report I saw, silicone. So hollow steel box. Still not light, but nothing requiring a crane or anything. Not any kind of high tech "monolith" but a pretty simple sculpture. Depending on the thickness of the sheet, probably a few hundred pounds. The triangle left in the triangular cut appears to be fairly light gauge stuff. I'm sure it was part of the assembly. Could have been aluminum I suppose, but it looks to me like brushed stainless steel, something I have worked with a bit.
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/utah-monolith-disappearance-no-probe-6fe7aac134abe6439217e8f654c46a2fDisappearance of Utah monolith won’t prompt major probe
Police won’t be opening a major investigation into the disappearance of a mysterious silver-colored monolith that generated international attention and a mess when curious visitors made their way to the site of the discovery in the Utah desert.
The sheriff in San Juan County says the office doesn’t have the resources to devote much time and energy to the taking of the object, which was illegal to begin with because it was placed without permission amid red rocks on a remote section of public land. Its creator also remains a mystery.
Hundreds of people came to see it after the gleaming, almost otherworldly object garnered widespread attention as a literal bright spot in a sea of grim news during the pandemic. Authorities are accepting tips from anyone who saw anything suspicious related to the discovery. ...
Visitors parked vehicles on plants and left behind waste, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The site doesn’t have a parking lot, bathrooms or cellphone coverage, and some passenger cars had to be towed from the remote area after getting stuck. ...
Bureau of Land ManagementBlack Lives Matter? Don't see the connection
If you’re interested in what exactly happened to the monolith keep reading because I was literally there. On Friday, 3 friends and myself drove the 6 hours down to the middle of nowhere in Utah and got to the “trailhead” around 7 PM after passing a sea of cars on our way in.
We passed one group as we hiked towards the mysterious monolith, while another group was there when we arrived, and they left pretty quick after we got there. For the next hour and 40 minutes we had the place to ourselves.
I had just finished taking some photos of the monolith under the moonlight and was taking a break, thinking about settings I needed to change for my last battery of drone flight when we heard some voices coming up the canyon. We were contemplating packing up our things as they walked up, so they could enjoy it for themselves like we did. At this point I looked down at my watch and it was 8:40 PM.
4 guys rounded the corner and 2 of them walked forward. They gave a couple of pushes on the monolith and one of them said “You better have got your pictures.” He then gave it a big push, and it went over, leaning to one side. He yelled back to his other friends that they didn’t need the tools. The other guy with him at the monolith then said “this is why you don’t leave trash in the desert.” Then all four of them came up and pushed it almost to the ground on one side, before they decided push it back the other when it then popped out and landed on the ground with a loud bang. They quickly broke it apart and as they were carrying to the wheelbarrow that they had brought one of them looked back at us all and said “Leave no trace.” That was at 8:48.
If you’re asking why we didn’t stop them well, they were right to take it out. We stayed the night and the next day hiked to a hill top overlooking the area where we saw at least 70 different cars (and a plane) in and out. Cars parking everywhere in the delicate desert landscape. Nobody following a path or each other. We could literally see people trying to approach it from every direction to try and reach it, permanently altering the untouched landscape. Mother Nature is an artist, it’s best to leave the art in the wild to her.
Which, when you read reports of people flocking there in vehicles, leaving rubbish etc & damaging the delicate desert landscape, seems a legit response. It attracted people who otherwise probably would never consider going there for the scenery & landscape alone.The video was posted to TikTok by Sylvan Christensen and shows him and three others pushing over the metal sculpture and strapping it to a wheelbarrow before taking it away.
The tour guides said they took the obelisk down because they were worried that the sudden interest would ruin the area with people driving, biking and flying to the location.
I await the standard "That's what they want you to think, but there's this bloke on You Tube, see, that has the real goods on what is going on!" (Eye-swivelling and spittle-flecks optional).Done and dusted.
Adventure tour guide reveals he removed metal monolith from Utah desert because remote location was being overrun by tourists 'littering and pooping' everywhere
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/athletes-say-removed-utah-monolith-e1bfbe0360c1a77b751c19b3b92ac28cAthletes say they removed Utah monolith, legal case unclear
A gleaming monolith found deep in the Utah desert was striking ...
Revealed publicly shortly before Thanksgiving, it drew hundreds of people to remote, red-rock country to see and touch the otherworldly edifice ...
But the newcomers also flattened plants with their cars and left behind human waste in the bathroom-free backcountry. Now, two men known for extreme sports in Utah’s sweeping outdoor landscapes say it was that kind of damage that made them step in late at night and tear it down.
Sylvan Christensen and Andy Lewis have large online followings for their posts about skydiving-like BASE jumping and slacklining ... In videos posted on Instagram and YouTube, they said they were part of a group that pushed down the hollow stainless-steel structure and took it away in a wheelbarrow. ...
“The mystery was the infatuation and we want to use this time to unite people behind the real issues here— we are losing our public lands— things like this don’t help,” he wrote.
He said the group supports art and artists but said it was an “ethical failure” to cut into the rock to erect the monolith, and the damage caused by the “internet sensationalism” was worse. ...
The group’s action left plenty of disappointed people who had traveled long distances to see the gleaming silver structure, only to find the site empty aside from a triangular sheet of metal over a hole in the ground.
But the removal may not have broken the law. San Juan County sheriff Jason Torgerson said Wednesday that they can’t investigate it as a stolen property case because no one has stepped forward to claim the structure as their own. The original creator remains a mystery.
“The monolith was abandoned on public property,” Torgerson said in an email to The Associated Press. Since it was put there without permission in the first place, the original installation is also under investigation, he said.
A similar structure that appeared last week in Romania has also subsequently disappeared.
‘The three-sided obelisk appeared to be made of stainless steel, 10-feet tall and 18 inches wide. The object was welded together at each corner, with rivets attaching the side panels to a likely steel frame inside
Unlike the first monolith found in the Utah desert, this latest one appears slightly more unstable.
While the Utah monolith was firmly buried in the dirt, the local reports suggest the California monolith is merely standing on the ground and could be pushed over.