Officials from the Utah Department of Public Safety have stumbled upon a mysterious metal monolith deep in the desert during a routine wildlife assistance mission, leaving the authorities baffled.
The discovery was made when some officers from the public safety department’s Aero Bureau were flying by helicopter to help the Division of Wildlife Resources count bighorn sheep in the region.
According to Utah authorities, the strange metal monolith is about 10 to 12ft tall and was planted in the ground between red rock. However, there is still no indication who installed the structure.
“That’s been about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying.” the helicopter pilot, Bret Hutchings told local media.
According to the pilot, the metal monolith in the Utah desert was first spotted by the biologist counting bighorn sheep. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’. And I was like, ‘What?’. And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there – we’ve got to go look at it!’,” Mr Hutchings said.
That’s not all, the pilot also believed that the metal monolith was placed there by somebody. “I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) fan,” he said, referencing to the 1968 film directed by Stanley Kubrick.
However, the Utah Department of Public Safety said that it was unclear of “who… or what” put the metal monolith there while stating that it was still illegal to install structures or art work on public property “no matter what planet you’re from.”
The Bureau of Land Management will further decide whether an investigation will take place regarding the mysterious object.