A three-sided statue made of metal with no engravings or writing of any kind, was seemingly first discovered on Nov. 18 while surveyors studied populations of bighorn sheep, according to the New York Times, then it disappeared.
No one knows who placed the monolith, which required the use of precision tools to bore a triangular hole into the rock, or how it arrived at such a remote location, according to a spokesman for the Utah Department of Public Safety.
Officials speculated that the structure was the work of sculptor and science fiction aficionado John McCracken, who was known for creating minimalist sculptures. McCracken’s son told the New York Times that his father said “he would like to leave his artwork in remote places to be discovered later.”
However, even if McCracken created the monolith, he certainly did not remove it — McCracken died in 2011 at the age of 76.
The Bureau of Land Management added that the local sheriff’s office would handle the investigation since the monolith was considered private property, even though it was placed on public grounds.
Here is the 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.”
— BLM Utah (@BLMUtah) November 24, 2020