The Utah monolith overthrew men who said “don’t leave a mark,” says visitor


New roads have emerged with the disappearance of a glittering monolith in Utah that has seemingly melted as mysteriously as in the red rock desert – though it’s no longer the only place where a strange structure came and went.

A Colorado photographer told KSTU-TV that he saw four men arrive at a remote Utah site Friday night and push through a hollow stainless steel object.

“Immediately after he failed and made a loud thud, one of them said,‘ That’s why you don’t leave trash in the desert, ’” Ross Bernards told Salt Lake City TV.

The group disassembled the structure, put it in a wheelbarrow, and left.

“As they packed up and left, they just said,‘ Don’t leave a mark, ’” he said.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said it was not planning an investigation into the disappearance of the monolith, which had been placed in the public area without permission. But authorities also said they would receive tips from hundreds of visitors who hiked to see an object glistening in the afterlife in the depths of the desert.

The sheriff and the Land Management Office, which oversees the land where the object appeared, did not respond immediately to messages asking for comment on whether to investigate the removal photographed by the Bernards group.

Visitors left behind human waste, cars parked on vegetation and other debris, the land agency said. The mysterious structure evoking the film “2001: Space Odyssey” attracted international attention and sparked a lot of speculation about the otherworldly origins, although officials say it was a terrestrial creation of stainless steel riveted plates.

For Bernards, the environmental damage of the visitors convinced him that the remote area was in a better position without structure.

“Leave art where it needs to be and let mother nature have an area for art,” he said.

Utah is not the only place where a monolith has formed. A similar metal structure was found on a hill in northern Romania, in the town of Piatra Neamt, but has since disappeared, says Robert Iosub, a journalist for the local publication ziarpiatraneamt.ro.

Like the Utah structure, who placed the object did not follow the proper steps and did not receive a building permit, Mayor Andrei Carabelea said on Facebook over the weekend. Still, he took it easy, joking that some “cheeky and horrible” foreign teenagers would probably put them all over the world.

“It is an honor for me to have chosen our city,” he said.