Alien artifact, or guerilla art installation?
A team of biologists have discovered a bizarre metal monolith in the wilderness in Utah — and they have no idea where it came from.
"One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it," pilot Bret Hutchings, who flew a helicopter over the site, told local news station KSLTV.
"He was like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!,'" he added. "And I was like, 'what.' And he’s like, 'There’s this thing back there – we’ve got to go look at it!'"
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Between ten and 12 feet high, the shiny monolith stood out like a sore thumb in the otherwise natural landscape. Its location has been intentionally kept under wraps to keep crowds away.
The obvious reference, of course, is the 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey," which involves a number of monoliths placed in the solar system by extraterrestrials during prehistory.
"We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it," Hutchings said.
It's still unclear what the hell the shiny metal monolith is doing miles away from civilization.
The pilot's best guess as to what it could be was that it came from "some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big '2001: A Space Odyssey' fan."
READ MORE: Mysterious metal monolith found in the wilds of Utah by team of biologists [The Independent]
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