Romania monolith disappears days after being discovered sparking alien theory

A bizarre metal monolith recently discovered in Romania that closely resembles one which appeared in the Utah desert last week has now mysteriously vanished.

The strange 12-foot high metal object was first spotted in the city of Piatra Neamt on November 18.

It closely resembles a similar structure which appeared in the Utah desert and was only discovered last week which has also mysteriously vanished.

The Romanian object was first discovered on Thursday, November 26. The Utah object was first seen on November 18 and reported missing on November 27.

It didn’t take long for the internet to do its thing, and by Wednesday, the coordinates of the Utah monolith appeared to have been confirmed by someone on Reddit.

Some even theorised aliens had a role to play, among other theories.

Tim Slane discovered a small Redstone canyon on Google Earth, which features a narrow gap closely resembling that seen in photos of the monolith released by Utah authorities.

And then it was discovered who may have made the object, which internet sleuths quickly realised resembled the “free-standing plank sculptures” of the Minimalist artist John McCracken.

McCracken lived in New Mexico before his death in 2011 and his work is represented by the David Zwirner Gallery.

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“The gallery is divided on this,” Mr. Zwirner said in a statement to the New York Times. “I believe this is definitely by John.”

It didn't stop some people from saying "aliens may have reclaimed it" when the Utah monolith then went missing.

But rather than being an alien structure, the truth of the Romanian monolith may be more prosaic.

“The 2.8 metre (9ft) tall structure disappeared overnight as quietly as it was erected last week,” journalist Robert Iosub of the Ziar Piatra Neamt local newspaper, who had seen the structure, told Reuters.

“An unidentified person, apparently a bad local welder, made it … now all that remains is just a small hole covered by rocky soil,” local reporters had discovered, he said.

The sheet metal structure had a badly-welded join, he added.

A spokeswoman for Piatra Neamt police, Georgiana Mosu, said officers are conducting an inquiry into the illegally-installed structure, which was positioned in a protected archaeological area from November 27.

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