A more expensive, more complex version could cost $ 1,000 or $ 2,000, he said.
High-end monoliths: more work, more money
To bolster a Utah-style construction, special effects artist Jamie Hyneman, who was a longtime host of the “Mythbusters” show, said a builder could coat the wood frame with epoxy to maintain sheet metal and place another plank on top with weights for a few hours to secure the construction.
He also described another more robust version of the monolith which would use thick pieces of metal, cast into the corners of the triangular shape, to hold the three metal panels together. This construction may take a little more work, in order to bevel the edges of the sheet metal and create the corner ties, but a monolith could still be ready in a day or two.
He warned that the devil was in the details. Thinner metal could give the monolith a “kind of warp” appearance and require milling of the metal. Cardboard can help prevent scratches when moving the monolith and a rope can help lift it. Reinforcing bars drilled into the base and stuck in the ground could secure it.
So many types of monoliths
For purists, a monolith is a single large block, usually of stone, in the style of an obelisk or geometric slab, like the rectangular in “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The director of that film, Stanley Kubrick, originally wanted a transparent object, said David Mikics, a professor at the University of Houston and author of a biography of Kubrick.
“He ordered a huge piece of Lucite, the largest Lucite object ever made,” said Mr. Mikics. But when the object was delivered, Kubrick was disappointed that it was not, in fact, completely transparent. So he ordered a new accessory to paint over and over again in a shade of matte black. “It was of course a great idea, it’s like an abyss,” Mikics said.