The Utah monolith was a metal pillar that stood in a red sandstone slot canyon in northern San Juan County, Utah. It was unlawfully placed on public land between July and October 2016. In November 2020, state biologists discovered it during a helicopter survey of wild bighorn sheep. The identity of its makers, and their objectives, are unknown.
About Utah monolith in brief
The Utah monolith was a metal pillar that stood in a red sandstone slot canyon in northern San Juan County, Utah. It was unlawfully placed on public land between July and October 2016. In November 2020, state biologists discovered it during a helicopter survey of wild bighorn sheep. Within days, members of the public found the pillar using GPS mapping software and made their way to the remote location. Following intense media coverage, it was covertly removed on November 27, 2020, by four unidentified men. Similar metal columns have appeared in many other places throughout the world, including California, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colombia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania. Some monoliths in California and the one in Romania were removed; however, one of the California structures, afterwards, was replaced by the original artists. Most artists want recognition for what they are doing, but this seems to include a mystery and humor as part of the intention of the mystery. One person said, “You can see right here on the bottom where they had a couple of over cuts with the saws with the cuts over the bottom of the monolith” The identity of its makers, and their objectives, are unknown. The metal structure stood 3 m tall above the bedrock, with each of the sides being 58 cm wide. A triangular prism, it had three sides, was not magnetic, and appeared to be made of 18th inch stainless steel or aluminium sheets, joined with rivets, with a hollow interior.
There was silicone caulk or epoxy along the base, striking the metal base and striking a dampened some type of insulation inside. The pillar was assembled using blind rivets making it difficult to determine its age but suggesting its human origins but suggesting it was made by humans. The exact location of the object was not disclosed by the Utah Department of Public Safety to prevent people becoming lost while trying to find it. On November 20, the DPS released videos and photographs of theobject, but not its exact location, on their website saying: \”DPS Aero Bureau Encounters Monolith in Red Rock Country\”. The monolithic was installed by unknown individuals in a public land that was removed from the Bears Ears National Monument in 2017 by President Trump. The site has no public services such as parking, restrooms, or cell phone service. Within hours of the DPS announcement, Reddit user Tim Slane had identified the object on Google Earth. Slane compared the flight path of the state biologists’ helicopter against the red-and-white sandstone terrain from their videos. He was aided by clues like the cliffs’ height, the canyon’s erosion pattern, and a flat floor suggesting it wasn’t frequently flooded. Google Earth satellite images showed that the Monolith was installed between August 2015 and October 2016, and that surrounding scrub vegetation had been cleared. The monolith appeared between July 7, 2016 and October 21, 2016.