As mysteriously as it happened, a metal monolith discovered last week by Utah public safety officials is now missing, officials said on Saturday.
The three-sided steel structure was removed Friday evening “by an unknown portion” of the public land on which it was found, the Utah federal office of the Bureau of Land Management said in a statement.
The office said it had not removed the monolith, which it considers “private property.”
The Utah Department of Public Safety said Monday it found the object while searching for bighorn sheep.
“LET’S GO!” the Department of Public Safety said, reacting to the news in an Instagram post. “Almost as quickly as it appeared, it’s now gone,” the department said, adding, “I can only speculate” that the aliens took it over, using the emoji for the aliens.
“Maybe he will stop and visit us in Canada !! one person commented.
It was a mystery how the monolith had been installed in the first place. Lt. Nick Street, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety, said the monolith was embedded in the rock.
“Someone took the time to use some type of concrete cutting tool or something to really dig, almost into the exact shape of the object, and fit it in really well,” he said. he declares. “It’s strange. There are roads nearby, but hauling the materials to cut rock and haul the metal, which is over 12 feet tall in sections – doing it all in this remote location is really interesting.
Officials said the structure was most likely a work of art and its installation on public land was illegal. It was not known who had put it there – and when – but the art world quickly speculated that it was the work of John McCracken, an avid sci-fi sculptor. He died in 2011.
His son, Patrick McCracken, told the New York Times this week that his father told him in 2002 that “he would like to leave his works in remote places to be discovered later.”
While officials declined to disclose the location of the monolith, some people have tracked it down. David Surber, who visited the structure this week and posted videos of it on Instagram, said it was located near Lockhart Basin Road, south of Moab.
The Bureau of Land Management said it will not investigate the disappearance because “crimes involving private property” are handled by the local sheriff’s office. The San Juan and Grand County Sheriff’s Offices did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mr Surber, who walked to the monolith, posted about his disappearance on his Instagram story on Saturday night. “Apparently the monolith is gone,” he said. “Nature has returned to its natural state, I guess.