Photographer shares shots of men taking down the mysterious Utah monolith


It was there… however now it is gone.

Utah Division of Public Security Aero Bureau

Final week the web went loopy when a strange 2001: A Space Odyssey-esque monolith was spotted in the Utah desert. Then, as mysteriously because it confirmed up, the unusual steel object disappeared. 

The state’s Bureau of Land Administration “didn’t take away the construction, which is taken into account personal property,” learn a BLM statement posted on Fb. 

We now know who did. 


Michael James Newlands, a pal of journey photographer Ross Bernards, used a smartphone to snap this photograph of the monolith being disassembled on Friday evening. 

Michael James Newlands

Colorado journey photographer Ross Bernards was visiting the construction on Friday evening when, he mentioned, he noticed 4 males arrive and dismantle it. He documented the construction’s presence, after which its absence, on Instagram. He additionally shared photographs snapped by a pal of the lads taking it down.   

“4 guys rounded the nook and two of them walked ahead,” Bernards writes. “They gave a few pushes on the monolith and certainly one of them mentioned, ‘You higher have gotten your photos.’ He then gave it an enormous push, and it went over, leaning to 1 aspect. He yelled again to his different associates that they did not want the instruments. The opposite man with him on the monolith then mentioned, ‘Because of this you do not depart trash within the desert.'” 

The lads appeared to view the construction as an eyesore. “As they walked off with the items, certainly one of them mentioned, ‘Go away no hint,'” Bernards told The New York Times. They then carted it off with a wheelbarrow, he added. 

The Utah Division of Public Security had initially found the thing in a distant area of southern Utah whereas counting bighorn sheep from a helicopter.

“I would say it is in all probability between 10 and 12 ft excessive,” pilot Bret Hutchings informed Utah broadcaster KSL, again when it was initially found. “We had been form of joking round that if certainly one of us all of a sudden disappears, then I suppose the remainder of us make a run for it.”

However within the wake of the invention, devoted people on Reddit made an attempt to uncover the origins of the monolith. First they positioned the monolith on Google Earth, then they used historic imaging knowledge in an try to find precisely when the thing first appeared within the desert. Utilizing this knowledge, they found that the monolith first appeared between August 2015 and October 2016. 

Round that point, sci-fi drama Westworld was filming in a close-by location, which has led many to invest that the monolith is an outdated film prop.

Contemplating the placement had additionally been utilized in various different TV reveals and flicks — from latest movies like 127 Hours and Mission: Impossible 2, to traditional westerns within the 1940s and 1960s — it is a chance. Regardless, the monolith is gone. 

Correction, Dec. 1: The photograph of the lads eradicating the monolith was taken by Michael James Newlands.

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Mark Serrels