That mysterious monolith in the Utah desert? Gone, officials say

As mysteriously arriving, a metal monolith discovered last week by Utah public security workers has disappeared, officials said Saturday.

The three-sided metal structure was removed by an “unknown party” on Friday night from the public area where it was found, according to a statement from the Utah office of the Federal Land Management Agency.

The firm said it had not removed the monolith, which it considered “private property”.

The Utah Department of Homeland Security said Monday it found the object during a survey of big-horned sheep.

“WENT!” said the Department of Public Safety in response to the news in an Instagram post. “Almost as fast as it seemed, it’s gone by now,” the class said, adding, “I can only speculate,” that the aliens took it back, using the emoji for aliens.

“Maybe you’ll visit us in Canada !!” one person commented.

It was a mystery how the monolith was pre-installed. Lieutenant Nick Street, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said the monolith was embedded in the rock.

“Someone took the time to use some type of concrete cutting tool or something that they could actually dig, almost exactly in the shape of the object, and embedded it very well,” he said. – Strange. There are roads nearby, but the materials needed to cut into the rock and running metal higher than 12 feet per section – it’s definitely an interesting place. “

Officials say the structure is likely to be a work of art and its installation in public places is illegal. It wasn’t clear who put it there — and when — but the art world quickly assumed it was the work of John McCracken, the science-fiction-loving sculptor. He died in 2011.

His son, Patrick McCracken, told The New York Times this week that his father told him in 2002 that he “wants to leave his work of art in remote places to be discovered later.”

While officials refused to disclose the location of the monolith, some people tracked it down. David Surber, who visited the structure this week and posted videos on Instagram, said it is near Lockhart Basin Road south of Moabb.

The Office of Land Management said it would not investigate the disappearance because “private property crimes” were handled by the local sheriff’s office. The offices of the San Juan and Grand County Sheriffs did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

Migrating to the monolith, Mr. Surber posted his disappearance on his Instagram story Saturday night. “The monolith seems to be gone,” he said. “I think nature has returned to its natural state.”