If you throw a mysterious metal monolith in the middle of the desert, they will come.
The daring travelers traveled to a remote part of Utah to learn first-hand about a 10-foot-high monolith planted in the ground amid rock formation.
The structure, which appears to be an art project honoring the plot of the film “2001 A Space Odyssey,” was first discovered last week by wildlife officials who reported the sheep from a helicopter.
Workers shared photos of their strange discovery, but did not reveal its coordinates, hoping to deter people from locating the structure and getting lost in the remote area.
Their caution could not deter the determined deceivers who combed the satellite maps for the outbreak of the incident, located 16 miles southwest of Moab.
David Surber, 33, a former U.S. Army infantry officer, drove for six hours at night to find him after reading Reddit’s supposed coordinates.
He posted a video with the caption, “Awesome trip to the monolith today. Regardless of who built it or where it came from. It was a positive escape from today’s world. Some people can gather behind them and enjoy together. “
Surber said he was only alone in the dark for about 10 minutes after he discovered it, before other fearless adventurers arrived and overthrew the intelligence of Red Slit user Tim Slane, who tracked the helicopter radar and then used Google Earth to find the exact location.
“I knew that if the venue was made public, people would visit the area,” Slane told the BBC. “I got angry messages about revealing the scene.” If I hadn’t found it, probably someone else would have found it soon.
It’s still not known who made the monolith and why, and why – but images from Google Earth show it appeared sometime between August 2015 and October 2016.