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Utah Aero Bureau Department of Public Safety officials stumbled upon the shiny monolith on November 18 while conducting a survey on bighorn sheep.

The object has no significant markings, but appears to have been bolted to the ground with “human-made rivets.”

A mysterious metal monolith was found in the Utah desert while department officials were doing a sheep count last week. (Utah Department of Public Safety)
The monolith has been compared to the mysterious object in 2001: a space odyssey, but a German gallery owner thinks otherwise.

David Zwirner is convinced that the monolith is the work of the minimalist sculptor John McCracken, whom he represented.

“The gallery is divided on this,” Zwirner said in a statement.

“I think it’s definitely John’s.”

The mystery slab was spotted by a helicopter crew inspecting the bighorn sheep.
The mystery slab was spotted by a helicopter crew inspecting the bighorn sheep. (Utah Department of Public Safety)

The problem is that Mr. McCracken died nine years ago.

McCracken’s signature work consisted primarily of narrow, monochromatic plates and slabs, similar to the monolith in the Utah desert.

The question is whether Mr. McCracken made the effort to install such a massive slab in the middle of nowhere and never told anyone.

It would also mean that the monolith would have gone unnoticed for at least nine years.

The Iconic Monolith as it appeared in 2001: A 1968 Space Odyssey.
The Iconic Monolith as it appeared in 2001: A 1968 Space Odyssey. (Metro Goldwyn Mayer)
The monolith in 2001: a space odyssey It was often wrongly attributed to Mr. McCracken, although he had a fascination with the otherworldly.

“Even before I did concerted UFO studies, it helped me keep my focus by thinking that I was trying to do the kind of work that a UFO could have brought here.”

One of his sculptures, a red fire truck board made of polyester resin, fiberglass and plywood, sold for almost AU $ 400,000 at auction in 2010.

John McCracken's works of art consisted mainly of large monochromatic slabs.
John McCracken’s works of art consisted mainly of large monochromatic slabs. (David Zwirner)

He died in 2011 at the age of 76.

Zwirner has already drawn a parallel with another of McCracken’s installations at his New York gallery.

“The portal to Utah is on David Zwirner 20th Street,” the gallery posted on Instagram.

Another metal sculptor based in nearby Salt Lake City, Dan Toone, has denied any connection to the object.

The Utah Bureau of Land Management issued a tongue-in-cheek statement after the discovery of the monolith.

“Although we cannot comment on the active investigations, the Bureau of Land Management wishes to remind visitors to public lands that using, occupying or developing public lands or their resources without the required authorization is illegal, no matter what planet they are from.” the statement said.

Utah authorities have yet to reveal the location of the mysterious object.

The mystery slab is about four meters high and has no distinctive markings.
The mystery slab is about four meters high and has no distinctive markings. (Utah Department of Public Safety)

“The exact location of the facility has not been disclosed as it is in a very remote area and if people were to attempt to visit the area there is a significant possibility that they would be stranded and require rescue,” said the Department of Public Safety. . in a sentence.

“We encourage anyone who knows the location of the monolith not to try to visit it due to road conditions.”

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While the discovery has raised more questions than answers, officials say they are satisfied with the outcome of the planned survey. The bighorn sheep population in the area is doing well.


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