Utah Monolith: Helicopter crew discovers mysterious metal monolith deep in desert


Officials from the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Aero Bureau were flying by helicopter last Wednesday, helping the Wildlife Resources Department to count wild animals in southeastern Utah when they saw something like, “2001: A Space Odyssey “sounded fine.

“A biologist … saw it, and we just happened to fly directly over it,” pilot Brett Hutchings told CNN affiliate KSL. “He was like, ‘That, that, that, that wanders, roams!” And I was like, ‘What.’ And he’s like, ‘This thing is back there – we have to go see it!’

And there it was – a shiny, silver metal monolith clung to the ground in the middle of the red rock. Hutchings estimated that it was “10 to 12 feet high.” It did not look like it was randomly dropped to the ground, they told KSL, but it looked like it had been planted.

“We were kind of joking that if one of us suddenly vanishes, the rest of us make a run for it,” Hachi said.

Still, Hutchings said he thinks it was most likely by an artist rather than an alien.

“I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, someone who was a big (” 2001: A Space Odyssey “) fan,” he said, referring to a scene from the 1968 film While a black monolith appears.

In a statement released on Monday, Utah DPS said it is illegal to install structures or art on public lands without authorization, “regardless of which planet you are from”.

The DPS said the location of the monolith is not being disclosed, and it is not yet clear who or what remains intact.

By Monday, the Bureau of Land Management will decide whether further investigation is needed.

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