Helicopter Crew Discovers Mysterious Metal Monolith

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Capt Morgan

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I smoked a whole bowl meandering over this. Personally I think it's some sort of artist or prank.

What started as routine wildlife assistance took an extraterrestrial turn for Utah's Department of Public Safety after officers stumbled upon a mysterious monolith in the middle of rural Utah.

 

mso489

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That's an interesting effort. It looks pretty heavy and would probably be weighty and require consider effort and equipment to place properly. The Forest Service, or whoever has jurisdiction, will have an interesting time sussing out local and other artists, and how they gained access and means of transport. Another helicopter? Pack mules towing it on wheels? It may not be as far from roads or trails as it looks. I'd be tempted to just let it stand, unless sculpture started cropping up around every rock formation.
 

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musicman

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Definitely a public art installation. I wanna go find it! I have spent quite a bit of time in Utah's red rock country, and it's truly spectacular country. Anyone who has spent time in the backcountry there can attest to the fact that someone could easily install something like this in a small side canyon and have it go undiscovered for four years. The isolation and solitude that can be achieved there is one of the most spectacular things about the area.
 

mso489

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I didn't hear about its disappearance. The people who investigated said it was installed using a stone saw, probably to cut out a hole that would hold it up. The main concern is that they don't want every undergraduate art student to feel honor bound to plant their metal sculpture at a national park. This one is high grade sculpture, lots of refined metal work and quality stainless steal, but many wouldn't be. Too bad this kind of work can't be donated to cities where the monotony of urban planning serves as heavy intravenous sedation on most of us. I think they have a short list of "suspect" artists. It may have been done as a tribute to an artist who'd died. I hope they don't make an example of this person or group, but can figure out other ways to discourage this as a fad.
 

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