So that mysterious monolith found in the Utah desert a few days ago? Yeah, it’s now gone. Naturally, no one knows how, why, or who.

The theory that this is the work of artist John McCracken is certainly compelling — except that he died in 2011. As best anyone can tell (via Google Earth of all things), this monolith didn’t appear until 2016. And not only that:

“Somebody took the time to use some type of concrete-cutting tool or something to really dig down, almost in the exact shape of the object, and embed it really well,” he said. “It’s odd. There are roads close by, but to haul the materials to cut into the rock, and haul the metal, which is taller than 12 feet in sections — to do all that in that remote spot is definitely interesting.”

It’s entirely possible that someone did this as a tribute to McCracken. Or to honor his last wishes. But then how/why is it now gone? Once again, without a trace. This whole thing is a fascinating onion. One of the few bright spots of 2020.

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