Metal monolith discovered in the desert of Utah by a helicopter crew
Mr. Hutchings said that the first one to spot the structure from the sky was a biologist counting big horn sheep in a helicopter.
“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!’,” Mr Hutchings said.
Mr Hutchings speculated that the monolith may have been installed by “some new wave artist”, or a fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the 1968 film directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Based on the novelist Arthur C Clarke’s fiction, oppressive black monoliths formed by an unknown alien species appear in the film.
The Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau released images of the rectangular-shaped metal object in a news release last week.
It said authorities would determine if “they need to investigate further”.
“It is illegal to install structures or art without authorisation on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from,” the department said.
The exact location of the monolith has not been disclosed by the department, fearing that explorers may search it out and “become stranded” Native to several areas of southern Utah, where the landscape is rough, the big horn sheep wildlife officials were counting.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the installation of the structure.
Most people thought it was an installation left by a sculptor, some of whom claimed it resembled the work of the late minimalist artist John McCracken.
Looking for answers, Utah’s highway patrol turned to social media, writing in a post on Instagram: “Inquiring minds want to know, what the heck is it? Anyone?”