Utah Monolith mysteriously disappears and is replaced by Pyramid

A mysterious metal monolith disappeared and was replaced by a smaller pyramid, just over a week after shepherds discovered it in the Utah desert.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages the area, said it had received “authentic reports”, the structure was removed by an “unknown party” on Friday.

“The BLM has not removed the structure that is considered private property,” the agency said in a statement issued on Saturday.

“We don’t investigate private property crimes handled by the local sheriff’s office.”

The structure was first spotted by government employees who reported sheep from a helicopter last Wednesday.

Pilot Ryan Bacher was among the first to see the structure after spotting dozens of people “watching this fun work of art” on Friday.

“Twenty-four hours later, a close friend of mine, who is also a helicopter pilot, dropped his family down to see it and found it broken down,” KSLTV told local news television.

He has since shared a photograph showing visitors at the site where the monolithic apperas have been replaced by a smaller metal pyramid and some cliffs.

Next, the coordinates that pinpoint the location of the 10-12-foot-tall structure were shared on Reddit.

David Suber, who later visited the venue and then shared the directions of the monolith on social media.

Discussing his Instagram experience, he said it was not magnetic or solid, and described it as sounding like a “cardboard box” when it was knocked.

“At the end of the day, it was made with an extraterrestrial or artistic expression; it gave thousands of monolithic people the opportunity to gather again for something positive,” he told CNN after his visit. “It was a good escape from all the negatives we experienced in 2020.”

He wasn’t the only one who made the trip. Justin McBride, YouTuber, said he found handprints on the monolith attached to the metal frame of the rock.

“The thing was dirty from being touched by people,” he said. “I tried to wipe it, but it’s like my handprints froze and made of donut glaze or something.”

Suber or McBride did not intervene in the disappearance of the monolith.

Officials have never disclosed the location of the monolith because the concerns raised could jeopardize the visit itself.

After last week’s discovery, Hutchings told KSLTV that “this is the strangest thing I’ve come across out every year of flying.”

“Somehow we joked that if one of us suddenly disappears, the others will run for it,” Hutchings said, comparing the sight to something from the Stanley Kubrick movie. 2001: Space Odyssey.

“I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist, or something, or you know, someone who was great 2001: Space Odyssey fan, “he added.

In the film, a group of monkeys encounter a monolith, and this affects them in development using tools.

Rock formations in Bryce Canyon Utah
File Photo: Unusual sandstone rock formations in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, pictured on November 8, 2018. Apparently, a metal monolith that was first spotted by people counting sheep last Wednesday has disappeared.
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