You are probably aware of the strange “monoliths” that have been showing up across the world. Their bizarre appearance has been blamed on everything from aliens, to pranksters, to artists. As far as the latter goes, while it may seem like something he would do, acclaimed “street artist” Banksy has disavowed any knowledge of the unusual structures.
The strange highly reflective metal monoliths have been mysteriously materializing everywhere — in California, Romania, the Isle of Wight and, according to the latest reports, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain.
Many have speculated that the popular and controversial “street-artist” Banksy could be behind the mysterious objects. According to the Huffington Post he is not.
“Nope,” a representative for the famed British artist recently told HuffPost in that simple one-word response to rumors of his involvement.
Ever since the first structure of its kind was spotted deep in a Utah desert last month, people online have been guessing whether the reclusive artist had a role in their appearances. The term “Planksy” even gained traction on social media as people suggested Banksy had something to do with similar-looking installations that have appeared now in different areas all over the world.
With Banksy’s representative ruling out his involvement, it’s still unclear who is behind the monoliths. But for those hoping for an extraterrestrial connection, the truth about the monoliths so far, appears to be mundane.
According to “Mashable,” the Most Famous Artist, a Santa Fe-based art collective founded by Matty Mo, has claimed credit for the Utah monolith. The first of the shiny metal monoliths was discovered in November during a helicopter survey of wild sheep. Its discovery, and similar look to the enormous “Monolith” featured in the Sci-Fi classic “2001,” prompted speculation of alien placement. It has since disappeared, with only a pile of rocks and small piece of metal left behind.
Prior to its discovery, apparently it was actually in position as far back as 2015. Designer Tom Dunford has claimed credit for the Isle of Wight monolith ― telling the BBC he “did it purely for fun.”
The New York Times, meanwhile, reports that a group led by artist-fabricator Wade McKenzie, has taken responsibility for the California piece. McKenzie said he was inspired by the discovery of the Utah monolith.
The monoliths in Romania, the Netherlands and Las Vegas, as well as two newly reported in Germany and Spain, remain unclaimed. All of the monoliths are made of very ordinary, earthly materials.
I wish I could say that the monoliths were indeed evidence of First Contact, but in a year as filled with death and misery as 2020, they seem to be just a welcome distraction from apocalyptic thoughts – a needed joke that we are all in on.
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