Over the past two weeks, we’ve been relaying reports of mysterious “monoliths” popping up around the world (first in Utah, then in Romania). Today brings word that a 3rd “monolith” has been discovered in Central California. But if history is any indication, it’ll be gone in a few days–and we’ll still be wondering what this is all about!
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Yesterday, a new “monolith” was discovered atop Pine Mountain in Atascadero, CA. Atascadero News reports:
The three-sided obelisk appeared to be made of stainless steel, 10-feet tall and 18 inches wide. The object was welded together at each corner, with rivets attaching the side panels to a likely steel frame inside. The top of the monument did not show any weld marks, and it appears to be hollow at the top, and possibly bottom. Unlike its Utah sibling, the Atascadero obelisk was not installed into the ground (however it was attached with rebar), and could be knocked over with a firm push. The Atascadero News estimates it weighs about 200 pounds.
Many believe the Utah “monolith” was the work of famed conceptual artist John McCracken. The New York Times reports:
The artist’s son, Patrick McCracken, remains completely puzzled by the monolith. But when he heard the news, he thought back to an evening in May 2002, when his father was living in Medanales, N.M., in a small adobe house overlooking a mesa. “We were standing outside looking at the stars and he said something to the effect of that he would like to leave his artwork in remote places to be discovered later,” he recalled in a phone interview.
“Monolith” is a term popularized by Stanley Kubrick in his 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The alien structures seem to play a part in triggering human evolution.
As for the Atascadero “mololith”, we totally expect it to be gone by this weekend!
What do you think horror fans? Are these the work of guerilla artists or something more otherwordly? Let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.