Mystery of the Utah Monolith Has Been Solved

Photo by Ross Bernards. Taken just after sunset, a photography assistant climbed on top of the monolith while a drone held a special light above him. The effect is quite dramatic. Less than an hour later, the monolith was gone.

The riddle of the Utah #monolith is solved. The bottom line: aliens did not leave the monolith in the Utah desert, nor was it left over from the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Ross Bernards, a photographer, set out to the Utah desert to create a series of artistic photos after the monolith mystery gained worldwide attention. No one could explain from where the monolith originated, including the National Park Service. Placing such objects in National Parks without government approval is illegal. In one of Bernards’ photos taken at twilight, the first one above, a helper climbed on top of the monolith while a drone held a special light source above him.

A short time later, a crew arrived unexpectedly to dismantle the monolith, which took only about 15 minutes. Bernards took pictures of the men working. As for the origination of the monolith, an investigation led to artist John McCracken, who died in 2011. He is known for simplistic sculpture designs as shown in the last photo.

The monolith on the left that was in the Utah desert compared to a monolith installed on the right by sculptor John McCracken, who died in 2011. McCracken’s son Patrick is convinced the Utah monolith was put there by his father.

Patrick McCracken, John’s son, recalled a conversation with his father in 2002. “”We were standing outside looking at the stars and he said something to the effect of that he would like to leave his artwork in remote places to be discovered later. This discovery of a monolith piece — that’s very much in line with his artistic vision.”

Could there be more McCracken creations yet to be discovered?

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