If you’ve ever seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, you’re all too familiar with the monolith featured in the Kubrick classic. Now, it looks as though those fiction structures have made their way off of the silver screen and into the real world after a gleaming metal monolith was discovered in the desert of Utah.
The discovery of the metal monolith was made during a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep region in southeastern Utah by a crew from the Utah Department of Public Safety and Division of Wildlife Resources.
“One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” said pilot Bret Hutchings to KSL TV. “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!’”
Upon landing at the site, the crew found the object to be between 3 and 3.5 meters tall, or as tall as two men put together, but no signs of who could have put it there and why it was placed amongst the Mars-like landscape of Utah’s desert.
“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 exact location of the Monolith has not been disclosed, as the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources believes amateur adventurers might suddenly get the urge to visit the structure, and in turn could either get lost, hurt, or based on the way 2020 is going, abducted by the aliens who constructed the metal monolith.
Take a look at the discovery below: