Initially it was a metal monolith in an American desert. Such Steles are now appearing in numerous places around the world, including Germany. Are they just copycats – or what’s behind it?
The mystery of the mysterious metal monoliths is growing: after the discovery – and subsequent disappearance – of a stele in the US state of Utah, several similar objects have appeared in various places around the world, including in Germany in the Hessian Taunus- community of Sulzbach. There were also reports of new monoliths from the British Isle of Wight, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and the US on Tuesday.
The stele in Sulzbach was on the edge of a field near a large shopping center, as pictures showed. It was unclear on Tuesday who placed the three-meter-high column there, for what reason and whether there was a connection with the other stelae. “It was discovered by hikers on Saturday, we cannot explain its origin,” said a spokesman for the municipality.
“Shall we get it removed?”
The farmer of the field in the Main-Taunus-Kreis had assured that he had nothing to do with it. Since the discovery became known, the otherwise less frequented dirt road is much busier than usual, but the monolith shouldn’t stay there for long. “We’ll look at it for up to three more days. If it’s not finished by then, let’s throw it away,” said the community spokesman. According to his impression, it is not a high-quality material.
In turn, residents of the Isle of Wight discovered the sleek, mirrored structure by chance while walking on the beach on the west side of the island, British media reported. British Alexia Fishwick told the PA news agency that acquaintances made her photos of the “really very magical” monolith for a Photoshop collage. “I’m not sure if it’s aliens, a Coldplay PR stunt, or a local mirror retailer looking to boost its business – but it’s drawn us all to the beach,” islander DJ Rob da Bank wrote on Twitter.
Joke or aliens?
A metal pillar also appeared in the Northern Netherlands. Hikers discovered them Sunday morning in nature reserve De Kiekenberg near Oudehorne in the northern province of Friesland. That same evening she was gone again. Who put the object there and then picked it up again is a mystery to residents and authorities. Even the Frisians, who are considered very sober, did not rule out the possibility that the monolith could be a “sign of aliens”, as spectators told the “Leeuwarder Courant”.
Netherlands, Oudehorne: There is a monolith in the nature reserve De Kiekenberg in the north of the country. (Source: dpa)
In the small Spanish town of Ayllón, some 90 kilometers northwest of Madrid, residents also found one of the metal pillars. Mayor María Jesús Sanz suspects a neighbor’s joke behind the find, reports the newspaper “El Periódico”. The slab construction erected in the ruins of a church is said to be very poor and has been blown over by the wind several times. A message, supposedly from the community, that “hundreds of spectators” had already come and that it was better to stay away from the column because of its “mysterious origins” was falsified. So far, only five neighbors have come over and burst out laughing.
According to media reports, a metal pillar was also seen in a potato field in Dendermonde, Belgium, in East Flanders. According to the Belgian broadcaster VRT, the farmer who owns the field was called anonymously on Monday evening to ask if someone could put something in his field. This should have been a joke, the caller said. The farmer was pleasantly surprised, even though at first he did not understand why the column was so striking.
In the United States and Romania, similar structures had already appeared in recent days – and some did not disappear until a few days later. That caused a lot of guesswork on social media. Observers suspected artist installations or an homage to the science fiction film “2001: A Space Odyssey”, in which similar objects play a role.
The stele in Romania on Batca Doamnei hill near Piatra Neamt in the northeast of the country was engraved with round plates. Then the object disappeared on the night of December 1 – a night considered magical in Romanian folk beliefs.
“If the aliens came to Earth …”
An artist collective called “The Most Famous Artist” wants to be responsible for the original monolith in Utah and the one in California, while the others could be copycat pieces. However, the origins of a Pittsburgh stele have been clarified: Candy store operators said they set it up in front of their store to promote small retailers’ support in the corona pandemic.
A local designer also recognized the Isle of Wight image shortly after its appearance – overwhelmed by the international reaction. “If the aliens came to Earth, they would get to the safest place safely – this is the Isle of Wight with the lowest level of corona warning,” the 29-year-old told the BBC.