A third metal monolith has appeared in at the top of Pine Mountain in Atascadero, California. The metal structure matches the former two pillars which have made the news in recent weeks. Originally, the first pillar appeared in Utah but vanished days after it was discovered by tourists. The second metal monolith then appeared in Romania on the same day the Utah one disappeared. Now, the third one has appeared the day after the Romanian pillar vanished.
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According to local news outlet Atascadero News, the California monolith was three-sided just like the one found in Utah. However, unlike the Utah structure, this one in California was not firmly attached to the ground and could be knocked over quite easily.
Local hiker Ray Johnson told Atascadero News that the structure was not there on Tuesday, 1 December but appeared on the 2nd of December. It is unclear where the monolith came from and who put it up.
There’s no clear indication of where these structures originate from. The one in Romania had strange circles buffed into the faces of the pillars. They have all been the same size. Authorities have notified news agencies saying it is illegal to install structures or place art without authorization. No matter what planet you are from.
An Artist Made These?
The metal monoliths seem to resemble the giant slab from an iconic scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The New York Times seems to believe that the pillars were created by artist John McCracken who was known for his “New Works in Bronze and Steel” installation that showcased back in 2010 at the David Zwirner gallery. However, Google Earth images show that the original Utah monolith has been there since 2016. This is years after McCracken passed away in 2011.
We will just have to wait and see what comes of all this. Given that the original monolith existed for over 4 years before it was discovered means someone out there is placing the new ones. It would be pretty cool if all of this turns out to be related to a game reveal, right?
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