Mystery of monoliths ‘solved’ as artists claim responsibility – and sell them for £35,500
The Most Famous Artist has claimed responsibility for the odd appearance of metal sculptures in the US and Europe (Image: @Atownreporter /Twitter)
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The origin of a series of monoliths which have surfaced in different locations of the world seems to have been revealed as a group of stunt artists claimed responsibility for them.
The Most Famous Artist has taken to Instagram in the past few days to post pictures of the monoliths saying they are on sale for $45,000 (£35,500).
The monolith frenzy first started on November 18 when one was spotted in a desert in Utah, US, by state officials who were helping to count sheep from a helicopter.
It mysteriously disappeared less than 10 days later, fuelling speculation aliens were behind its removal, but it was later revealed it was no one more exciting than a group of locals who apparently thought it polluted their land.
Another identical structure to the one in Utah then appeared on a hillside in Romania in the city of Piatra Neamt in north-eastern Neamt County on November 26 – before that too disappeared just a few days later.
The group posted pictures of the monoliths as they try to sell them for $45,000 (£35,500)
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While a third one was sighted by hikers in Atascadero, California, on Monday.
The mystery of the sculptures has been making the rounds online for the past two weeks as sci-fi lovers and conspiracy theorists argued they had been sent by aliens.
But The Most Famous Artist, a group based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, now seems to have fired down that idea as it posted three different pictures of the monoliths, including the Utah and California ones and one in transit on a dolly near a warehouse.
When followers asked: "Is it you?", the group repeatedly replied: "If by you you mean us, yes."
When asked why the Romanian one hadn't been posted on their page, the group's founder told Mashable that he only had three spots for pictures on his site.
The mysterious disappearance of the monolith fuelled theories aliens were behind the sculptures
(Image: Utah Department of Public Safety)
The founder, known as Matty Mo, said he couldn't comment much on the installations due to "legalities of the origin".
But he went on: "I can say we are well known for stunts of this nature and at this time we are offering authentic art objects through monoliths-as-a-service.
"I cannot issue additional images at this time but I can promise more on this in the coming days and weeks."
Another monolith then appeared in Romania
(Image: www.ziarpiatraneamt.ro/AFP via G)
When asked his reason for carrying out the stunt, Matty Mo said: "What better way to end this f**ked up year than let the world briefly think aliens made contact only to be disappointed that it’s just The Most Famous Artist playing tricks again."
And pictures purporting to show the dismantling of the installation in Utah by photographer Ross Bernards and which were posted to Instagram on Monday seem to strengthen the theory that it is indeed a human creation rather than an alien one.
The pictures in fact reveal the monolith's structure had nothing especially alien about it as it appeared to be made of sheets of metal riveted to a hollow wooden scaffold.