Vanishing Monolith

As the name above suggests, I am going to be writing about the mystery monolith that has caused so much speculation and controversy. It was something someone recently shared with me on Instagram. It is what inspired this post to begin with. I wanted to delve a bit more myself, so I thought I’d share my findings with you. Let’s get digging!

First discovered by pilot Hutchings as well as wildlife officers travelling with Hutchings, this monolith has sparked an immediate interest in extraterrestrials as well as the famous 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now, if you’ve watched the movie you’ll know why spectators all over the world are saying this. For the rest of us who haven’t (at this point probably wondering if they should–I know I now am) it’s almost identical to a monolith featured in this famous science fiction classic. Some have even speculated that it was sculpted by a fan of John McCracken, the man who did the initial sculpture in 2001: A Space Odyssey, while others have even gone so far as to say it was crafted by actual extraterrestrials. Whatever your opinion, this monolith has been sighted 3 three times in different locations. Here’s the kicker, though, it has disappeared twice already and soon after it’s disappearance it mysteriously reappeared in a separate location. Let’s look at its original locale, the sighting by Hutchings in Utah.

The monolith was first sighted by the helicopter pilot, Bret Hutchings and two wildlife officers who were doing a survey on bighorn sheep in the area on November 18th 2020. He was actually fortunate enough to get an up close view of the monolith. His theory was that it was the work of a sculptor and was around 10 – 12 ft high (+/- 3 metres). All three men, were immediately intrigued and Hutchings was hear saying, “This is wild.” and indeed he was correct. It did in fact seem like something right out of a science fiction movie. The men appeared to be playing around the monolith making jokes about it as though amused by this mystery monolith. The men kept this monolith’s location a secret fearing that tourists or amateur explorers might go looking for the mystery monolith. However this did not Reddit users from working out its exact location and going there themselves in order to find it. When it comes to its structure and creation of this the gallerist David Zwirner said that the gallery was divided on whether or not this monolith was the work of John McCracken. He said he, himself, strongly believed it was the work of McCracken. Soon after its discovery the monolith disappeared. One tourist group claim that they saw unidentified men come and take the monolith down on November 27th, the day after the Romanian monolith appeared. They said they were too afraid to stop them as they appeared to be rather intimidating and scared the tourists.

After its supposed removal on the 27th of November2020, it appeared the same day on a Romania hillside. While many speculate over the exact date of its appearance in Romania, the fact remains that there is indeed a deeper story behind it, it attracted the same attention as its predecessor in Utah. It was discovered near Petrodava Dacian Fortress in the city of Piatra Neamt. It was said to have been discovered the Thursday before Utah’s monolith dissapeared (26th November 2020). Others say it appeared days later. As I mentioned before, there is a lot of confusion over the date of the appearance of Romania’s monolith. This monolith was 13 feet tall and was found facing Mount Ceahlau, (one of the 7 wonders of Romania) known locally as the Holy Mountain. It would seem that like its predecessor, it was met with humour. One person even went so far as to put it up for sale online at 6,942 Romanian Leu (1,382 pounds). The description was even more hilarious. for details on this sale look at the Olx website (

Discovered on December 3rd, California had its own monolith appear. After the disappearance of its two predecessors, another monolith appeared in Atascadero, California atop Pine Mountain. However unlike the one found in Utah, it had no rocks to keep it grounded and appeared to be a little wobbly. All three monoliths were reported as being made of stainless steel with screws evident on all three, showing that it was not one single block of metal. Although all three appeared to be in various sizes and with varying dimensions. In Utah 10-12 feet, Romania 13 feet and in California 10’18” wide. Not even a day later the monolith was reportedly removed and replaced with a wooden cross (how they did that is beyond me as it was hundreds of pounds in weight). Despite the monolith being so unstable in its wobbly foundations, it would still be no mean feat.

Although now gone, many have wondered if it was in fact the work of aliens. As I mentioned above whatever/whoever put it there is somewhat of a mystery. Was it aliens? Was it a sculptor? A fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey? Or perhaps something deeper? Like the Cicada 303 conspiracy, perhaps this went worldwide in its journey. I am more inclined to believe that it was created by sculptors in those three regions. I can’t claim to know or even suspect motives for such a conspiracy, but I will say that 2020 definitely ended with a bang and who knows maybe there are more monoliths yet to come. 2021 may prove to be more interesting than we think.

If you want to look more into this then I definitely suggest you do. It is a very interesting mystery and worth a deeper look.

God bless you all. Have a very good festive season, my precious avids. We’ve really grown this year. Hard to believe we only started this journey in April. We made it guys!

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