A mysterious "metal monolith" has been discovered in a desert in southern Utah, USA, igniting the imaginations of UFO enthusiasts and Stanley Kubrick fans around the world. The glittering triangular boulder, which reaches a height of over 3.5 meters from the ground, was discovered on Wednesday November 18 by astonished local officials who were flying over the area to count bighorn sheep specimens.
After landing, these employees of the Utah Department of Public Safety were able to examine the structure, finding "no clear indication of who might have placed it there."
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"It is forbidden to install structures or works of art on lands managed by the federal government without authorization, no matter what planet you come from," the agency said in a malicious statement on Monday.
News of this discovery quickly went viral on the internet, with many noting similarities to the bizarre monoliths in Stanley Kubrick's 2001 film A Space Odyssey.
With authorities refusing to reveal the location of the monolith so as not to attract hordes of onlookers, an online race has been initiated to determine its location based on the geological formations around the block.
Some have noted a resemblance to the avant-garde works of John McCracken, an American sculptor who resided in neighboring New Mexico and died in 2011. "Although this is not a work by the artist (...), we see in it the homage of a fellow artist ", first reacted to AFP a spokesperson for John McCracken's legal representative, David Zwirner.
However, in a second step, David Zwirner returned to this statement, suggesting that it was possible that the mysterious monolith was the work of John McCracken. "The gallery is divided on the subject," he said, telling himself finally "convinced" that the structure was indeed in the hand of the sculptor.