The mysterious monolith recently discovered in Utah caused quite a stir. After it went insanely popular overnight, it suddenly disappeared just as it mysteriously as it appeared. Colorado photographer Ross Bernards claims that he witnessed the monolith being removed, and it looks like someone filmed the whole process for TikTok.
The monolith was discovered on 18 November when one of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists spotted it from the helicopter. The location was kept secret so that curious visitors wouldn’t rush in to take photos for Instagram. But of course, some of them discovered where the monolith was and shared it on social media, along with its location.
I don’t remember seeing it in the news, and I think it’s worth mentioning – a similar monolith was also recently discovered in Romania. And just like the Utah monolith, the one in Romania has now disappeared as well.
Bureau of Land Management made a statement that the monolith is gone, but that it wasn’t the BLM that removed it:
Here is our official statement on the rumors surrounding the “#Monolith:” We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the “monolith” has been removed from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands by an unknown party. The BLM did not remove the structure which is considered private property. We do not investigate crimes involving private property which are handled by the local sheriff’s office. The structure has received international and national attention and we received reports that a person or group removed it on the evening of Nov. 27.
Photographer Ross Bernards told CNN he saw a group of four people removing the monolith last Friday night. He and his friends arrived at the location and started taking photos. After more than an hour, he says that they heard the voices of another group. He thought they were also there to take photos, but he was wrong.
“They immediately started really pushing on it, like throwing their whole-body weight into it, Bernards told CNN. “It took them maybe three big pushes to get that thing to pop up a little bit and start turning on its side.” He added that, once the monolith hit the ground, one of the guys said, “this is why you don’t leave trash in the desert.”
Sylvan Christensen posted the video on Instagram (apparently originally filmed for TikTok). It shows the removal of the monolith, with the caption “Don’t abandon your personal property on public land if you don’t want it to be taken out.”
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I don’t know if this was done for the likes and reactions on social media, or it’s a kind of activism. I sure don’t believe that neither Utah nor Romania monoliths were planted there by aliens. It’s likely some kind of modern art that I don’t really get, to be honest. But why it was removed, and who removed the one in Romania – I guess we still need to find out. Perhaps this is for the best because otherwise, we’d probably have another “zombie apocalypse” of Instagrammers who would want to take a photo of them.