A team from the Utah Wildlife Resources Department found a strange structure that looked like monoliths in the Utah desert, prompting netizens to spread jokes about the weirdness of 2020.
Department employees were conducting a census of the number of large sheep in a remote area of southeast Utah last week when they detected a strange object with a helicopter from the state’s Public Safety Department.
Utah Department of Public Safety
The Utah Department of Public Safety said in a press release that it had not discovered the site of the monolith because it was located in a “very remote” area.
Although it is unclear how this structure was set up in such an area, experts believe that it may have been a kind of artwork. Therefore, in its statement, the administration reminded the public that it is illegal to tamper with the protected lands.
It is illegal to install structures or artwork on federally administered public lands without a license, “regardless of which planet they belong to.”
The mysterious structure caused a sensation on social media, with Twitter users referring to the infamous Monolith from Stanley Kubrick’s book 2001: A Space Odyssey (2001: A Space Odyssey).
We may never know where the metallic object came from. Utah officials said they are still investigating whether the strange discovery warrants further investigation.