The monolith has since vanished since appearing in Romania.

Just before Thanksgiving, news broke that a mysterious metal monolith had been discovered in the Utah desert. A large metal column, with no markings and no explanation, seemingly appeared out of nowhere. It started a news frenzy and sent several people into the desert in search of the mysterious object—despite the location being kept secret by authorities, explorers were able to find the structure. That structure was then removed as mysteriously as it appeared. An adventure photographer who happened to be there claims that four men came and dismantled it on the evening of November 27.

Now, another monolith appeared as out of the blue—this time, in Romania. Residents in Piatra Neamț reported finding the metal structure near an archaeological site near the city. The structure was reported to be almost identical to the one in Utah, but this one had markings on it. The monolith was about 12 feet tall and made of muted reflective metal. It has since disappeared just as quickly as it appeared.

As with the structure that appeared in Utah, there are few clues about who made it, or why it suddenly appeared. No one has come forward to claim responsibility for either structure. There have been strong comparisons for the one in Romania to the work of John McCracken, a minimalist artist who passed away in 2011. However, there is no solid connection or evidence (as of yet) to connect either structure to the late artist.

The gallery that represents his estate did share this Tweet: 

The artist’s son, Patrick McCracken, does not know if it is his father’s work, though he does remember that the artist had a similar idea. In an interview with The New York Times, McCracken said this of a conversation with his father in 2002:

"We were standing outside looking at the stars and he said something to the effect of that he would like to leave his artwork in remote places to be discovered later. This discovery of a monolith piece—that's very much in line with his artistic vision."

Whatever purpose these structures serve, who made them, if they are related, and if they plan to set up more are all unknown at this time.

We must take moment to address something that has come up in discussion all over the social media world about the monolith. Technically, a monolith is made of stone, while these two structures are made of metal. Many people have pointed that out, for lack of a better description, the use of monolith to describe these structures seems appropriate. 

What do you think about all this mysterious news? Is it art, is it aliens? Is it a big joke? Sound off in the comments.