The well-known Moab slackliner claims to have taken down Utah’s monolith


A well-known slackliner and base jumper from Moab has posted a video expressing his help in removing metal monolith, which quickly gained worldwide fame last week.

The monolith, discovered during a helicopter flight, was installed southeast of Moab, about half a mile from a high-altitude 4×4 dirt road near the Canyonlands Needles.

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One picture was taken by Ross Bernards, a Colorado photographer, who spoke to FOX 13 on Monday about the mysterious monument falling on Friday.

The video appears to show that the monolith is loaded on a wheelbarrow and unloaded in the dark. Bernards told FOX 13 that a group of four started up as he and his friends took photos, pushed through the monolith, disassembled it, and then placed it on a wheelbarrow and left.

Bernards said they told his group, “That’s why you don’t leave garbage in the desert,” and told your friends, “Don’t leave a trace,” when they left.

The next morning, Bernards described dozens of vehicles — many of them unsuitable for handling difficult road conditions — colliding in the area as people trampled all over the brush to find the monolith. Some of them, he said, wandered through the bad canyons after the mysterious formation.

At that moment, Bernards said he understood why the group had demolished the monolith and agreed to the move.

“On the night of November 27, 2020, at 8:30 p.m. – our team removed the Utah Monolith,” Lewis wrote Facebook post. “We do not currently provide any other information, answers or insights.”

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The same quote is described in the YouTube video description.

FOX 13 reached Lewis on several platforms on Tuesday. The Salt Lake Tribune reports Lewis confirmed it by text that he actually posted the video and worked on a statement that provided more details about the removal.