2020 has been a year of great uncertainty and distress. As if a global pandemic was not enough to make our collective anxiety shoot up, lately another mysterious occurrence ended up giving many of us sleepless nights. All of you must have already guessed it. Yes, we’re talking about the mysterious metal monoliths of Utah, Romania and California. In a world where most people are currently homebound and unable to travel due to the Corona scare, a mysterious steel monolith has been going places since the last four weeks. These monoliths have appeared on the surfaces with no traces of person building or installing them. The first metal monolith was discovered on November 18 in Utah and a similar monolith was discovered in Romania too on November 27. Most recently, a monolith has appeared on a beach in the Isle of Wight too. Let us have a look at the timeline of the mysterious monoliths and theories behind the same.
What is a monolith?
For those of you who don’t know what a monolith is, according to Merriam Webster, a monolith is a single great stone often in the form of an obelisk or column.
The monolith timeline
Utah, USA - first monolith
On November 18, the US state’s wildlife agency discovered a 10-12 ft tall three-sided metal monolith in Utah at the base of a canyon. A helicopter crew counting bighorn sheep noticed a very shiny metal that was deeply embedded in the canyon when they went to investigate, it was a monolith. However initially when the sighting was reported the exact location was not revealed.
On November 27, the monolith had reportedly disappeared. It was indicated that an unknown party removed the monolith in Utah and the officials had no hand in this. However, BASE jumper Andy Lewis & adventure guide Sylvan Christensen claimed that they removed the monolith from the desert on November 27 and even filmed themselves doing so.
Romania - second monolith
The day when the monolith disappeared in Utah, a second monolith appeared on Batca Doamnei - a hill close to the town of Piatra Neamt, Romanian news outlet Ziar Piatra Neamt. The two structures were quite similar but had a few differences. Both structures were reported to be about 3 metres (nearly 10 ft) tall. The Romanian monolith was covered in circles while the one found in Utah was smooth. This monolith disappeared on December 1
California, USA - third monolith
A day after the second monolith disappeared i.e December 02, a third monolith reappeared on top of Pine Mountain in Atascadero, California. This is made of stainless steel and was 10-feet tall and about 18-inches wide. However, this one was torn down by a group of young men who replaced the metal structure with a wooden cross. As usual the origins are unclear. Daily hiker Ray Johnson said that he had not noticed while hiking the day before.
Pennsylvania, USA - fourth monolith
Another monolith was spotted outside a candy shop in Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania on December 03. Unlike the other three this one was intentionally set up by the owner of the candy shop. However, it turned out to be a marketing ploy. The structure was installed by the shop owner to increase sales by attracting customers.
Las Vegas, USA - fifth monolith
Fifth one was discovered at the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Not much is known about this one.
Colombia - sixth monolith
On 5 December a golden structure was discovered in the middle of a field in Colombia. Photos of the same have been doing the rounds on social media.
Netherlands - seventh monolith
Another metal monolith was discovered – this time in a Dutch nature reserve overlooking an icy puddle. In the Netherlands local media reported that there were no footprints leading up to the steel object. It is unclear how the structure arrived in the Kiekeberg reserve.
England, Uk - eight monolith
A similar monolith was found on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England, UK. A group of people walking their dog discovered the strange object on the island's Compton Beach early in the morning.
El Paso, Texas - ninth monolith
The latest mysterious metal monolith appeared across America is in El Paso, Texas.
For the millions intrigued by the monolith and its mysteries, there are crucial questions that still need concrete answers. Who made them? What were they for? How long have they been around? Is it just a prank? There are chiefly three theories behind the mysterious appearances of monoliths. Here are the explanations.
The Utah Department for Public Safety is speculating that the 12-foot high three-sided monolith is an art installation by a ‘new wave artist’. David Zwirner Gallery believes that sculptor John McCraken had installed the artwork in the remote land before his death in 2011. Or it might be his fan paying a tribute to the late artist. But seeing the pictures many people have expressed that it lacks the expertise of McCraken.
Another popular theory among netizens is that these monoliths are in fact artefacts left on earth by an alien race. Comparing it with the alien monolith from Stanley Kubrick's classic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, people were sure that this structure appeared because of some sort of out-of-this-world creatures. In the movie, a mysterious monolith was discovered beneath the lunar surface that was created by an alien race. The metal monoliths appearing now look kind of the same as Kubrick’s monolith.
Hoax or prank
Another theory that has found a lot of support is that this is a hoax along the lines of the crop circles that began to mysteriously appear in fields in England in the 1970s and which gained international notoriety as signs of extraterrestrial activity on earth. People had assumed them to be signs of some alien presence until in 1991, two Englishmen claimed that they had jokingly created the crop circles. Nothing of that sort has happened for the monoliths till now.
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