2020 Odyssey: Mysterious monolith sets off alien chatter in Utah
- A metal monolith was found in Utah desert on Wednesday
- The location of near 12 feet long triangular obelisk has not been revealed by officials
- Speculations are rife it coulde be an artwork or even installed by aliens
The appearance of a metal monolith has baffled many in the western desert of Utah, where it was found last Wednesday, sparking chatter about alien intrusion, fancy artwork, and the obvious comparisons with Stanley Kubrick classic ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, AFP reported.
The metal obelisk, about 10-12 feet high and triangular in shape, was found by local officials flying to counting bighorn sheep from the air.
The object has given food for thought to conspiracy theorists and also common folks, who made light of the incident on Twitter and elsewhere.
“It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you're from," Utah Department of Public Safety commented in a press release Monday, according to AFP.
Speculation went round that the obelisk could be a fancy artwork of some avant garde artist. Some other made jokes insisting that this was nothing out of order in such a year as 2020.
"This is the 'reset' button for 2020. Can someone please press it quickly?" joked one Instagram user.
"Up close it reads: 'Covid vaccine inside'" wrote another.
A Twitter user claimed that the structure could be installed there since 2016 and posted some satellite images with the post.
“4chan has discovered the location of the Utah monolith. It sat there for over 4 years unnoticed,” Paul Joseph Watson, a British YouTuber, wrote.
AFP said the officials haven’t yet disclosed the location of the obelisk out of fear that the site may be overrun by a curious populace.
Bret Hutchings, the pilot who happened to fly over the obelisk, speculated that the obelisk had been planted by "some new wave artist." It reported.
It was also pointed out that the metal obelisk could be the artwork of late artist John McCracken, who lived in New Mexico and died in 2011.
His representative David Zwirner provided cushion to the speculations saying that the structure “definitely” was by McCracken.
Hutchings said it was the “strangest” thing he had seen in his life.
“We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it,” he told a local channel according to AFP.