After Utah and Romania, 3rd mystery metal monolith appears on California mountaintop

It has happened again. Another mysterious monolith has appeared atop a mountain in California. With this, the monolith mystery has deepened further at a time when questions remain unanswered over appearance followed by the disappearance of metal monoliths in the Utah desert and Romania.

A new mystery metal monolith appeared atop a mountain in Atascadero, California, reported The Guardian, and added that a local daily reported that the shiny structure was found atop Pine mountain.

Unlike Utah structure, the California monolith was not mounted in rocks and was reportedly a “little wobbly.”

“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 Atascadero News was reported as saying by The Guardian.

Three monoliths in a month!

A shiny pillar, which protruded some 12 feet from the red rocks of southern Utah, was first spotted on November 18 by local officials counting bighorn sheep from the air. The discovery sparked international sci-fi speculation, harkening to the classic Stanley Kubrick 1968 film, “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

The monolith disappeared after two weeks.

Later in November, another metal monolith suddenly appeared close to an ancient Dacian fortress in Romania. The monolith found in Romania also had a mirrored surface but appeared to have been covered with graffiti. Like its Utah sibling, the monolith in Romania also vanished.

Now, the third monolith has appeared in California.

What is the mystery?

The discovery of mysterious metal structures has sparked a guessing game over how they appear and then disappear.

After news of Utah monolith went viral, many noted the object’s similarity with strange alien monoliths that trigger huge leaps in human progress in Stanley Kubrick’s classic sci-fi film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Others remarked on its discovery during a turbulent year that has seen the world gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic, and optimistically speculated it could have a different function entirely.

“This is the ‘reset’ button for 2020. Can someone please press it quickly?” joked one Instagram user.

“Somebody took the time to use some type of concrete-cutting tool or something to really dig down, almost in the exact shape of the object, and embed it really well,” Nick Street, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety told the New York Times.

‘Leave no trace’: Utah monolith mystery solved?

The mysterious metal column found inexplicably in a remote part of Utah’s desert was knocked down and dismantled by a group of men who considered it “trash,” according to a photographer who documented the object’s demise, Reuters reported.

Photographer Ross Bernards posted images to Instagram on Monday of what he said were the object’s final moments that showed there was nothing especially alien about the technology behind the sculpture: it appeared to be sheets of metal riveted to a hollow wooden scaffold.

In a caption with a series of pictures, Bernards described driving six hours on Friday with three friends to take some pictures of the object by moonlight.

After getting some shots, he said he heard some voices coming up the canyon, and four men appeared. Bernards wrote that he stepped away so the new group could also enjoy some time alone with the object, only to watch as they began shoving it.

“They gave a couple of pushes on the monolith and one of them said, ‘You better have got your pictures,'” Bernards wrote. “He then gave it a big push, and it went over, leaning to one side. He yelled back to his other friends that they didn’t need the tools. The other guy with him at the monolith then said ‘this is why you don’t leave trash in the desert.'”

The object soon fell with a loud bang, and the men made quick work of breaking it apart and carting it off in wheelbarrows, Bernards wrote.

“Leave no trace,” one of the men told Bernards and his friends.

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