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New clues have emerged in the disappearance of a gleaming monolith in Utah which seemed to melt as mysteriously as it appeared in the red rock desert, although it is no longer the only place where a strange structure has been discovered.

Ross Bernards, a photographer from Colorado, told KSTU-TV that he saw four men arrive at the remote Utah site Friday night and push the hollow stainless steel object.

A metal monolith on the ground in a remote area of ​​red rock in Utah. / Rocks mark where a metal monolith once stood in the ground in a remote area of ​​red rock in Spanish Valley, Utah. (AP)

“Right after it fell and thudded, one of them said, ‘That’s why you don’t leave trash in the desert,’” Bernards said.

The group broke the structure into pieces, loaded it onto a wheelbarrow and left.

“As they were carrying it and driving away, they just said, ‘Leave no trace,’” he said.

The sheriff’s office in San Juan County, Utah, said it is not planning an investigation into the disappearance of the monolith, which had been placed without permission on public land.

But authorities also said they would take advice from any of the hundreds of visitors who came out to see the gleaming otherworldly object deep in the desert.

The sheriff and the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the land where the object appeared, have not responded to questions about whether the removal will be investigated.

Visitors have left a mess of human waste, parked cars on vegetation and other debris, the land agency said.

The mysterious structure evoked by the movie 2001: a space odyssey It generated international attention and generated much speculation about otherworldly origins, though officials said it was an earthly creation of riveted stainless steel plates.

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)

For Bernards, the visitors’ damage to the environment convinced him that the remote area was better off without the structure.

“Leave art in places where art should be and let Mother Nature have her space for art,” he said.

Utah is not the only place where a monolith arose.

A metal structure is glued from the ground on the Batca Doamnei hill, on the outskirts of Piatra Neamt, northern Romania, on November 27, 2020. The structure, similar in shape and size to the monolith that was placed in the desert of Utah has since disappeared. (AP)

Like the Utah structure, whoever placed the object did not follow the proper steps and did not obtain a building permit, Mayor Andrei Carabelea said in a Facebook post over the weekend.

Still, he took it easy, joking about some “cheeky and terrible” alien teenagers who were probably setting them up all over the world.

“I am honored that they have chosen our city,” he said.

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