Alien monoliths? More like a colossal art prank.
A New Mexico art team claims responsibility for the mysterious metal monoliths discovered across the globe.
- An art collective from New Mexico may be behind the ‘alien’ monoliths that recently appeared across the globe.
- The mystery was revealed in a series of social media posts.
- The Most Famous Artists are now selling the pillars for $45,000 each.
First, it was the strange metal structure found by a helicopter crew in Utah. Then, another steel monolith was discovered in Romania. The third one appeared in California a few days ago.
Despite all the conspiracy theories that flooded the internet over the past few weeks, the ‘alien’ monoliths turn out to be simple metal installations created by New Mexican artists. What is more, as Daily Mail reports, the art collective is selling the pillars for $45k.
The Santa Fe-based art collective ‘The Most Famous Artists’ posed images and videos of the process of creating the strange sculptures.
— Matty Mo (@morewoke) December 4, 2020
The mystery was recently revealed in a series of social media posts.
Instagram and Twitter posts by the art team exposed the truth about the monolith enigma. The caption of one of these publications read:
“You mean it wasn’t aliens?! Monoliths-as-a-service.com”
Furthermore, they have also shared a photograph of a fourth steel structure, this time in Joshua Tree Park.
In an interview with Mashable, Matty Mo, founder of the art team, said:
“I am not able to say much because of legalities of the original installation. 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.”
The art collective neither confirms nor denies being behind the mystery monoliths.
According to Mashable, Matty Mo may have potential collaborators in Carlos Estrada, a content creator at Media Arts Lab, and Erik Junke, a photographer. Reportedly, Estrada hinted that he was involved in the process, posting: “did me and @themostfamousartist make the monolith?”, to which The Most Famous Artists’ account answered: “NOT NO.”
As for Erik Junke, in September and October, he posted two photos of the California desert, captioning them “Doorway” and “Doorway II”. His most recent post, in which he tagged The Most Famous Artists, is captioned “Doorway III”. All three posts include the hashtag #monolith.
All three original monoliths have been removed since their installation.
After images of people removing the Utah monolith emerged, two of them were identified as Sylvan Christensen and Andy Lewis. Christensen shared a video of the process.
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