Utah monolith update

| November 28, 2020

David Surber and the monolith

After announcing the discovery of the mysterious object hidden deep in the Utah desert on Monday, Internet sleuths found the location of the monolith. David Surber of Utah, an Army infantry officer veteran according to the article, set off on a six hour journey Wednesday to get there. He arrived in the pre-dawn hours and after sunrise was joined by other adventurers, ignoring state guidance to not seek it out.

The BBC report also discusses some origin theories. It’s been there for at least four years!

While many have suggested – some sincerely, most in jest – that the monolith was planted by extra-terrestrial visitors, the prevailing theory is that it is an as-yet-unclaimed conceptual artwork.

Initially experts suggested it may have been an unknown work by the late John McCracken, who is known for his “plank” sculptures. His gallerist David Zwirner initially confirmed this, but the gallery later retracted that statement, saying they believed it was another artist paying homage instead. McCracken died in 2011.

Some online then narrowed in on another artist, Petecia Le Fawnhawk, who installs totemic sculptures in secret desert locations and, crucially, used to live and work in Utah.

But she told the online art magazine Artnet that while she “did have the thought to plant secret monuments in the desert”, she “cannot claim this one”. So the creator of the totem remains a mystery for now.

As we now have more people visiting and reporting in on the monolith’s construction, here’s the latest;

Video from the dozens – perhaps even hundreds of people – who have already visited the location suggest a professional job. Three large sheets of what appears to be stainless steel were riveted together, with the inside left hollow. Whoever put it there used heavy-duty tools to cut into the bedrock and embed the structure.

“One person alone could not have done it so there is a group of people who have some knowledge of it somewhere,” said Wendy Wischer of the University of Utah’s School of Fine Art. “Most artists want some recognition for what they are doing but this seems to include a level of humour and mystery as part of the intention.”

Stay tuned. There is nothing wrong with your computer. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are now controlling the transmission. We control the horizontal and the vertical. We can deluge you with a thousand channels or expand one single image to crystal clarity and beyond. We can shape your vision to anything our imagination can conceive. For the next hour we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the deepest inner mind to the outer limits.

It’s not his style, but I’m secretly hoping this is a Banksy. He’s proven he plays the long game. Back in 2018 he shredded a painting (shredder concealed in the frame) the moment it was sold at auction (for more than $1.25 million). The painting had been in private hands since 2006.

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  1. Sapper3307 says:

    Jimmy Hoffa’s grave marker?

  2. Hack Stone says:

    It’s the Daniel Bernath Memorial, strategically placed so that anyone visiting will most likely suffer some type of injury, resulting in huge cash settlements from frivolous lawsuits.

  3. Hack Stone says:

    The original intent was to install a monorail, but the guy hired to do the job is a little hard of hearing.

  4. OlafTheTanker says:

    “an Army infantry officer veteran according to the article”

    So, we at least know he wasn’t still a 2LT since he actually found it on his own without his Platoon Sergeant’s help…

    Heyoooo

  5. Ex-PH2 says:

    Stay tuned. There is nothing wrong with your computer. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are now controlling the transmission. We control the horizontal and the vertical. We can deluge you with a thousand channels or expand one single image to crystal clarity and beyond. We can shape your vision to anything our imagination can conceive. For the next hour we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the deepest inner mind to the outer limits. – quote?

    It’s the Chinese pranking people… again.

    Banksy is a con artist. He needs to be bitch slapped into reality.

  6. Roh-Dog says:

    If Banksy is an artist, I’m the Queen Mother.
    Coffee…need coffee.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      No, he actually is a talented realist, but he’s also an asshole personified. He’ll paint a fine piece of work on a brick wall in the Bronx, and then 12 hours later, it’s gone as if it had never been.

      • David says:

        You say that like it is a bad thing. From what I have seen of his work, I would label that “considerate”. Too, I didn’t like Christo either.

  7. Slow Joe says:

    Occam’s razor dictates never fail.

  8. 5JC says:

    So you are saying it is aliens? Got it.

    • Slow Joe says:

      Who? Me?

      I am not saying it was aliens, but…

      • David says:

        Because aliens who traveled light years to get here to rivet together a monolith in a hard-to-reach spot in the desert are more likely than a few Earthlings deciding to goof on us?

        • Slow Joe says:

          Exactactally.

          Occam’s razor never fails.

          What is most likely, that some retard hiked 20 miles with fake monolith on his back, or an alien starship crossed 1000 light years of space and left a sensor in the Utah desert where it cannot monitor anything just for shits and giggles?

          We can already build sensors in the nano scale, but Aliens still have the fad of building big and blocky things.

  9. MustangCryppie says:

    I think Le Fawnhawk did it. Creating mystery around the object is just part of the art.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      I gots something she could make vertical…as we get horizontal. She would know that she had been planked! She’d even take a shine to it.

  10. Retired Grunt says:

    Just like that strange sulfuric smell that sometimes wafts into your nasal cavity while riding a somewhat busy elevator….. IT WAS ME!!!!!

  11. On Nov 25th, I put the following below comment in about the the Monolith.

    That monolith is actually a mirror that shows the direction to where the Arc of the Covenant is when the sun hits it. Story goes that it was taken by Allied Van Lines roughly 2,000 years ago for storage so adventure movies could be made about archiologists wearing fedora hats and leather jackets trying to find it. Maybe in the basement of a Govt. warehouse but only surmising.
    Mr. Moses stood atop Mt. Sinai and tells everyone that it would be a great place for a Hospital.

  12. 26Limabeans says:

    Let me at it with my dozer. I will get to the bottom of it.
    Drop it. Lop it. Choke it and yard it out. Then full tilt and
    angle the blade to snap the roots all around. Go in with the
    blade pressured down and scoop the stump out.
    Back blade the hole and your good.

  13. Sapper3307 says:

    And gone!
    They forgot AOC but took Lars.