Utah (USA) officials have discovered a mysterious metallic monolith in a remote and desert area of that state, according to the newspaper The Guardian.
The structure, of about three meters high, it was planted in the ground, and its shiny surface contrasts with the red color of the large rock formations that surround it. It was discovered when the team of state employees, belonging to the Department of Public Safety, was conducting a census of mouflon from a helicopter.
Due to its shape and the environment in which it was found, the structure is reminiscent of the monolith that appears in the famous scene at the beginning of the film 2001: a space odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick and released in 1968, in which a group of prehistoric apes comes across a similar large slab, albeit black in color, from which they apparently receive a evolutionary drive towards intelligence.
Helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings told local news channel KSLTV that the find was “the strangest thing I’ve ever come across in all my years of flight. “
“One of the biologists saw it, and we flew straight over there,” Hutchings explained, adding that the object “seemed man-made” and have been planted firmly in the ground, “not fallen from the sky.”
“I guess it is [la obra de] an artist of the new wave or something, or maybe a big fan from 2001: A space odyssey “, said the pilot.
After landing next to the monolith to see it up close, the members of the helicopter crew recorded a video in which they can be seen trying to climb the structure.
As reported The Guardian, the monolith found in Utah has been compared to sculptures by artist John McCracken, who lived in New Mexico and New York until his death in 2011.