It had become a place of pilgrimage. Four people participated in the operation to dismantle it.
The mysterious monolith that appeared without explanation in the Utah desert made many questions whether we had been visited by extraterrestrial life, motivated pilgrimages of adventurers and disappeared as it came about 10 days later. But now we know what happened to him: his fate was completely determined by man.
The strange metal structure was removed last Friday from the remote place in the American desert where it was found and at first there were no clues about what had happened to it. Furthermore, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) went so far as to affirm that it would not seek those responsible for it being a crime against private property that was beyond its powers.
The question of who put it there flooded social networks in recent days, having among the suspects beings from another planet, but also highlighting the resemblance of the monolith with the work of the sculptor John McCracken, famous for his love of science fiction.
The mystery seemed to increase, but a few days later a photographer published the latest images of the monolith on his Instagram account, and said that after taking them four men arrived at the place where the structure was, disassembled it and took it away.
Ross Bernards is the name of the photographer, who stated that after having had the monolith only for himself and several of his friends, four men who had approached the site minutes before returned to dismantle it.
They knocked him to the ground, tore him apart and took him away on a wheelchair. “As they were leaving with the piece one of them said, ‘Leave no trace,’” Bernards wrote on his Instagram.
“This is why they don’t leave garbage in the desert,” commented another of the men; and a third said directly to Bernards: “I hope you have already achieved your photo.”
The photographer said they did not try to stop them because they believed they were right to remove the monolith. The next morning they were able to witness the contamination and damage caused by the number of adventurers and novice tourists exploring the desert, which is a natural reserve with high archaeological value.
“Mother Nature is an artist, it is better to leave art to her in the wild,” he concluded in his publication.
But who were the four men who removed the monolith? Well, one of them came out to show his face and through social networks, he published the video of the moment in which he and his friends removed the sculpture from its resting place.
” We removed the Utah Monolith because there are clear precedents for how we share and standardize the use of our public lands, natural wildlife, native plants, freshwater sources, and human impacts on them, ” said Sylvan Christensen, a guide. specialized in tourism in its publication.
For him and those who helped him, the most important thing must be the conservation of the native lands, which were not prepared for so many people to come to this place, from everywhere and using any means they could find.
” The mystery was falling in love and we want to use this time to unite the people behind the real problems here, we are losing our public lands, things like this do not help, ” they insisted.
For the group, dismantling the Utha monolith was “tragic”, and they say they are not proud of having done it, especially because they arrived “too late”. They said they support art and artists but that the standards of ethics and legality cannot be subverted, especially in the desert, as it leaves very serious consequences to nature.
“The artist’s ethical failures from the 24-inch equilateral indentation in the sandstone of the Utah monolith construction did not even come close to the damage caused by internet sensationalism and the subsequent reaction from the world,” Christensen stated.
The guide pointed out that there were no trails, signage, parking lots, public restrooms, designated campgrounds, garbage cans, or any accommodation that would allow a non-adventurous tourist not to damage the desert. All the transfers that occurred these days – they insisted – were illegal.
By posting the video on their networks, the men who ended the pilgrimage to the Utah monolith raised all kinds of comments, some supporting their decision but many criticizing that they had taken action on the matter.
“Who gave them the right?” asked several who focused their questions on the fact that by publishing it on their networks they were gaining publicity and would end up profiting from the very thing that they selflessly wanted to protect by “doing the right thing.”
The clear thing is that the monolith was removed by humans and not by aliens, who are still among those suspected of having put it there.
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