A mysterious metallic obelisk found buried within the distant western United States desert has infected the imaginations of UFO spotters, conspiracy theorists and Stanley Kubrick followers around the globe.
The shiny, triangular pillar — which protrudes roughly 12 ft from the pink rocks of southern Utah — was noticed final Wednesday by baffled native officers counting bighorn sheep from the air.
After touchdown their helicopter to analyze, Utah Department of Public Safety crew members found “a metal monolith installed in the ground” however “no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there.”
“It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from,” warned the company in a tongue-in-cheek press launch Monday.
News of the invention shortly went viral on-line, with many noting the item’s similarity with unusual alien monoliths that set off enormous leaps in human progress in Kubrick’s traditional sci-fi movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Others remarked on its discovery throughout a turbulent 12 months that has seen the world gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic, and optimistically speculated it may have a distinct perform totally.
“This is the ‘reset’ button for 2020. Can someone please press it quickly?” joked one Instagram consumer.
“Up close it reads: ‘Covid vaccine inside’“ wrote another.
Although officials have refused to disclose the object’s location out of fear that hordes of curious sightseers would flock to the remote wilderness, a Reddit user said they had managed to geo-locate the obelisk using surrounding rock formations.
Sharing the Google Earth location — where a small structure can be seen, roughly six miles from the nearest road — the user said the structure was first photographed by Google in 2016.
Bret Hutchings, the pilot who happened to fly over the obelisk, speculated that it had been planted by “some new wave artist.”
Some observers identified the item’s resemblance to the avant-garde work of John McCracken, a US artist who lived for a time in close by New Mexico, and died in 2011.
On Tuesday a spokeswoman for his consultant David Zwirner stated it was not one in every of McCracken’s works, however probably by a fellow artist paying homage.
However later within the day Zwirner gave one other assertion by which he instructed the piece was certainly by McCracken, that means it had lain undiscovered within the desert for practically a decade.
“The gallery is divided on this,” Zwirner stated. “I believe this is definitely by John.”
He added: “Who would have known that 2020 had yet another surprise for us. Just when we thought we had seen it all. Let’s go see it.”
Either manner, Hutchings admitted it was “about the strangest thing I’ve come across out there, in all my years of flying.”
“We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it,” he instructed native information channel.