Copycat mystery monoliths appear across the country

Copycat mystery monoliths appear across the country
FILE PHOTO: Three more similar mysterious metal monoliths have appeared across the country including in Colorado, Las Vegas and Pittsburgh. (Utah Department of Public Safety/Utah Department of Public Safety)

The copycat mystery monoliths keep coming.

Three more similar mysterious metal monoliths have appeared across the country including in Colorado, Las Vegas and Pittsburgh.

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While some mystery still surrounds the three-sided, stainless steel structure first found in November in a remote part of the Utah desert, the latest incarnations are less enigmatic.

In Colorado, Bill Zempel, head mechanic at Mile High Aircraft Services, said he covered plywood with metal for the structure he built that appeared Friday at his business near the Air and Space Port in Watkins, KCNC reported.

“Yes, I built it. As a joke and attention-getter while the topic is fresh in people’s minds,” Zempel said on social media. “We’re at the Space Port after all.”

Promotion is also what prompted Christopher Beers, the owner of Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, to commission the creation of a monolith-type sculpture that appeared Thursday on the sidewalk in front of his Pittsburgh location.

First Utah, then Romania! Now a giant Monolith just mysteriously appeared in Pittsburgh’s Strip District @ Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop

Posted by Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop on Thursday, December 3, 2020

“Hopefully, it’s a reminder to support small, local businesses that have been so badly hit (by COVID-19),” Beers told Reuters. “And isn’t it fun to have something to talk about beside the pandemic?!”

In Las Vegas, is is still unclear who installed the 10-foot metal monolith near the Circa Resort on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.

“It showed up early this morning (Friday) but we don’t have any other details right now,” Cassandra Down, with Kirvin Doak Communications, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

A team of biologists counting bighorn sheep discovered the first metal structure on Nov. 18 in a southeastern Utah desert. Satellite images indicate that it was installed sometime between August 2015 and October 2016. It was removed Nov. 26 by a group that said “Leave no trace.” It is believed to be an illegal art installation, however it is still unknown who created it and why.

Its appearance led to international interest and the creation of a slightly similar pillar in Romania, which vanished four days later. A 200-pound metal structure was found Wednesday atop a hill in Atascadero, California. However, it was toppled early Thursday morning and replaced by a wooden cross by a group chanting “Christ is king.”