Monolith Madness: Third Structure Appears In California. Is It Aliens? Or Just Art?

Maybe it is just art and we’ve all been in quarantine for too long.

The roughly 10-feet-tall stainless steel statue is not the first of its kind discovered in the last few weeks, at least two more were seen in Utah and Romania. The California structure has three sides, similar to the one found in Utah, which has disappeared last week. | Reuters
The roughly 10-feet-tall stainless steel statue is not the first of its kind discovered in the last few weeks, at least two more were seen in Utah and Romania. The California structure has three sides, similar to the one found in Utah, which has disappeared last week. | Reuters

The monoliths are multiplying. 

The strange saga of large, metal, beam-like structures appearing (and then disappearing) has continued this week, gaining the attention of an international audience that has likely grown since the first one was discovered. Some are blaming aliens. Others are saying it’s art. So what’s the truth?

No one has been able to officially confirm their origin stories (yet). But on Wednesday, hikers in California came across a third similar obelisk at the top of Pine Mountain in Atascadero, California. Standing at nearly 10 feet, the monolith immediately caught the attention of locals who swarmed the area to get a glimpse of a possibly extraterrestrial phenomenon.

The OG Monolith

As quickly as the Utah monolith entered our lives, it had vanished. Days after it was discovered, the state’s Bureau of Land Management confirmed late last month that the monolith was “taken by an unknown party or parties.”

Aliens? Artists? A mysterious metal monolith was just found in the Utah desert 👽 pic.twitter.com/nwXjZussjm

— NowThis (@nowthisnews)

Another One Emerges

The Romania structure has since disappeared.

Unlike the other two monoliths, which were planted in the ground, the California structure could easily be tipped over, and it was; a group of right-wing men knocked down the obelisk Wednesday night and replaced it with a wooden cross. In a low-quality video, the men could be heard saying, “Christ is King!” and calling the structure “gay.” 

Where Did The Utah & Romania Structures Go? 

Photographer Ross Bernards tracked down the original monolith with friends in late November and posted photos on his Instagram. In the caption, Bernards claimed a group of four men showed up when his group was about to leave and knocked the structure over, took it, and said “leave no trace.” 

The location of Romania’s structure is still unknown. 

Naturally, people are blaming aliens. But other (less fun) realists are chalking up the monoliths purely to art. 

The way 2020 is going, I would not be surprised if the Monoliths appearing in Utah & Romania are signalling some sort of alien invasion to see the year out! 🙄👽 #Monolith #UtahMonolith #RomaniaMonolith pic.twitter.com/HYhfKZsRYM

— Connor Halpin (@BeingHalpin)

In today’s episode of “alien or Banksy” https://t.co/p3si3WeWox

— Daniele Sluijters (@daenney)

Whether or not the monoliths are the product of an extensive artistic display, the large metallic beams have found their way into the hearts and minds of many. For now, the possible secret identity of the modern-day Picasso remains a mystery. (Or it’s aliens.)

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