Some intrepid visitors flocked to a remote part of southern Utah to be among the first to see the mysterious metal monolith.
The structure in the Red Rock Desert was first discovered from the air last week by a helicopter pilot and wildlife officers who counted big-horned sheep every year.
They did not share its coordinates, hoping to deter people from trying to make their own pilgrimage in case they get lost in the remote area. But for some, the intrigue was overwhelming.
About 48 hours after the announcement of the news of their release, images appeared on Instagram that they managed to find.
Among them was 33-year-old David Surber, a former U.S. Army infantry officer who drove for six hours at night to find him after spotting a Reddit station that allegedly found its coordinates.
“It’s an awesome trip to the monolith today,” he wrote on Instagram, where he also shared his place. – Regardless of who built it or where it came from. It was a positive escape from today’s world. For some, many people who can gather behind and enjoy together.
He said he was alone for about 10 minutes with the structure, which was made of aluminum and “three riveted pieces,” before others arrived.
“Overall, it’s not too crowded, you all want to make your way,” he wrote.
Tim Slane, who shared Reddit’s coordinates, said he worked them out by tracking the helicopter’s flight path.
It is not known what the origin of the object is, which Bret Hutchings, the exploratory helicopter pilot, estimated to be 10 to 12 feet high (about three meters).
But they have been compared to the work of several minimalist sculptors, including the late John McCracken.
His spokesman, David Zwirner, a spokesman earlier this week, told the Guardian that this was not one of McCracken’s works, saying they thought it could be “a work by a fellow artist honoring McCracken”. But Zwirner later told the New York Times that he could actually be the artist.