Utah Monolithic Disappearance: The photographer records the removal

Hannah Yasharoff

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So, after all, no strangers removed Utah’s mysterious monolith.

Human beings were responsible for removing the 10-meter metal monolith, which gained international attention after it was discovered on November 18 embedded in Utah’s remote Red Rock Country and became a virus before disappearing without a trace over the weekend.

Days after the structure disappeared, travel photographer Ross Bernards revealed that he was at the scene when four unknown men appeared to remove the now world-famous monolith. Bernards’ friend Mike Newlands also witnessed the removal. A few days later, he spoke to one of the men responsible for the removal, who had access to the photos Newlands had taken of them when the monolith was taken away.

“It was taken away for some reason,” Newlands told the U.S. on Tuesday. “It’s rubbish – public spaces need to be respected, and it wasn’t in an appropriate, pristine and sensitive environment.”

In addition, the monolith was in a secluded part of the desert, only accessible 4 times on a 4-way dirt road without a designated parking space. It has become a major attraction and “with the number of people unfamiliar with desert landscapes, it will be catastrophic to damage the land for all vehicles and people,” he added, noting that the group returned to the scene. to find dozens of cars and a plane the next morning.

Bernards attributed the popularity of the monolith in part to the coronavirus epidemic that kept people at home and bored, but also to the obvious shock factor. “It was very unique and coincidental that something like this was just popping up in the desert,” he wrote in an email to the U.S. today.

He, Newlands, and two of their friends went to the desert on Friday to take photos and took breathtaking shots of the monolith facing the starry midnight blue sky. Taking a break just before 9pm, they began to hear sounds near their location, Bernards recalled an Instagram post on Monday.

Four men approached the monolith, the photographer and his group thinking about going “so they can enjoy themselves like we do,” Bernards wrote.

“You better get your pictures,” one man recalled, saying before pushing the monolith, causing him to lean forward. Another said, “That’s why you don’t leave garbage in the desert.”

All four began to push, and the monolith almost stepped to its side before deciding to push it back. At that moment, Bernards wrote that the structure “jumped out and landed on the ground with a loud bang.”

“They were quickly smashed, and when they were taken to the cart to bring one of them, they looked back at all of us and said, ‘Don’t leave a trace’, a visit to nature.”

True to the “don’t leave a mark” motto, Bernards, Newlands and their friends stood up to clean “the rivets that exploded in the collision and … the epoxy that was used to bond the structure to the sandstone,” Newlands said.

A few minutes after their arrival, the four unknown men managed to tear down and remove the strange structure that caught the attention of the world. Either way, Bernards maintains that they made the right decision — the buzz around the monolith disrupted the natural serenity of the desert.

“They seemed on a mission to take it out, which, frankly, we all agreed on,” Bernards said. “He had to come down. They were kind enough, but I have a feeling that when they saw us there, it just confirmed to them why they were out there.”

He added on Instagram: “We have literally seen people try to approach from all directions to try to achieve it, permanently changing the untouched landscape. Mother Nature is an artist, it is best to leave art in the wild.”

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The Utah Department of Tourism issued a similar statement to the U.S. today on Monday.

“While we recognize the worldwide interest in the‘ monolith ’, it cannot compete with the art of mother nature,” Anna Loughridge said in a statement. “It’s more of a museum or other public space where we’re just mortals showcasing our talent.”

The Bureau of Land Management first reported the disappearance on Saturday, making it clear that it was not the job of the federal agency on overseas state land.

“We have received credible reports that an illegally installed structure called a‘ monolith ’has been removed from the public areas of the Office of Land Management (BLM) by an unknown party,” the agency said in a Facebook statement. “The BLM has not removed the structure that is considered private property.”

The case was referred to the local sheriff’s office. Bernards said he hadn’t heard from any official about what he had witnessed – they “probably think the four people did them good by breaking it down.”

Meanwhile, reports have appeared of the emergence of a second monolith in Romania. USA TODAY turned to Romanian officials for comment.

The Utah Department of Homeland Security discovered the object embedded in the rock on a passenger in the barren countryside of southeastern Utah, counting the big-horned sheep.

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