Who embedded a large metal monolith in the remote Utah desert?
State wildlife officials are scratching their heads after discovering a bizarre 10-foot-tall (3 meters) installation in Red Rock Country in southeastern Utah.
The shiny silver rectangle sits in the center of the dead end of one of the many shallow rock ravines that scour this desert region. Its discovery had wildlife officials feeling as if they’d been dropped into an episode of “Ancient Aliens”.
“OK, the intrepid explorers go down to investigate the, uh, alien life-form,” one chuckles as he takes a video of his companions hiking to the monolith on November 18.
The monolith failed to immediately do anything mystical, though officials noted with surprise that someone had taken the trouble to cut into the hard-packed earth to install the monument. There was no indication of who had left the monolith, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety.
A biologist from the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was the first to spot the weird structure. A small team from the bureau was flying over the red desert doing a count of bighorn sheep when the researcher noticed something shiny.
“He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!'” helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings told KSL TV, “And I was like, ‘What.’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there – we’ve got to go look at it!'”
The team landed nearby and went to investigate, speculating wildly and joking that if anyone disappeared, the rest of them would have to make a run for it. A closer investigation revealed nothing but a metal rectangle between 10 and 12 feet (3 to 3.6 m) tall.