Pilots with the Utah Highway Patrol were flying in a helicopter over the desert somewhere in southern Utah when they noticed a strange monolith standing in the cliffs below.
The pilots were on a sheep counting mission to determine how many of the animals were living in the region when the shining metal caught their eye. It was actually fairly easy to spot from the sky because of how it glistened in the sun. It was also quite large, standing 3 meters off the ground, or between 10 and 12 feet.
Utah’s highway patrol shared images of their discovery on its social media page, and eventually, journalists all over the country took notice.
Large, mysterious monolith discovered in remote Utah desert: https://t.co/Hf9K5KiOAT
I feel like I've seen this movie before. pic.twitter.com/WXVDIo9edn
— Tom Stokes (@tomstokes) November 23, 2020
The helicopter pilot, Bret Hutchings, told local news channel KSLTV, “That’s been about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying.”
Hutchings was flying for the Utah department of public safety, which was helping wildlife resource officers count bighorn sheep in the area.
“One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” Hutchings said. “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!’”
Hutchings said the object looked like it was placed there intentionally, and doesn’t suspect that it fell from the sky. He believes that it was the work of an artist or prankster, possibly referencing a classic movie.
“I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big 2001: A Space Odyssey fan,” Hutchings said.
The strange monolith does have a striking resemblance to a famous scene from the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In the famous scene, a group of apes encounters a giant monolith that is in a deserted area that looks similar to the region in Utah where the real monolith was found this week. But if it was a prank, it is strange that they would go through so much trouble to place it where it might never be seen.
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The pilots were curious enough to land the helicopter and get up close to the monolith. Video shared with KSLTV shows the moment that they came face to face with the monolith.
“We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it,” Hutchings said.
Authorities have not revealed the exact location of the monolith because they don’t want curiosity seekers going out into the desert and getting hurt.
However, investigators on Reddit used Google Earth to determine that the monolith is near Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River, which has been used to film numerous television shows and movies, including West World and Mission Impossible 2. It is possible that this was some kind of prop that was left behind, but nobody has been able to find the monolith in any of these films or shows yet.
— Andrew Adams (@AndrewAdamsKSL) November 21, 2020
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