Those monoliths have popped up in surprising places over the past few weeks, with the most recent appearing in Atlanta, USA, last night. A few of these tall, metal pillars have now been found at sites around the globe without warning or explanation and even satellites couldn’t catch it since mid-November. Is this a sign?

The first one was discovered in the US, when a helicopter crew flying over a remote part of a Utah desert spotted a strange statue figure below. This metal monolith was found on 18th of November and disappeared mysteriously on the 27th November. Around the same time as the Utah one also vanished with no trace, a shiny metal monolith appeared on the other side of the globe in the Romanian hillside which raise a lot of speculations on what it really was.

For the discovery of the first monolith on 18 November was truly uncanny. Biologists surveying sheep in the red rock country of Utah spotted a shiny object from their helicopter and went in for a closer look. The monolith was far from human habitation or hiking trails and is thought to have gone unnoticed in the wilderness since being erected in summer 2016. So a very patient artist must have been content to let this monument go unseen for years, until it finally happened to be found. That does create mystery and awe. It even makes you question common-sense explanations.

The structure disappeared several days after it was first spotted near the Petrodava Dacian Fortress, a local archaeological landmark in the northern Neamt country.

Shortly after, a new monolith was spotted at the top of a mountain trail in southern California before it also vanished right away. The pillar was spotted on Compton Beach on the west side of the island.

Speaking about the Romanian monolith, the Piatra Neamt mayor Andrei Carabelea wrote on Facebook: “There is no reason to panic for those who think there is still life in the universe. My guess is that some alien, cheeky and terrible teenagers left home with their parents’ UFO and started planting metal monoliths around the world,” the mayor said. “First in Utah and then at Piatra Neamt. I am honoured that they chose our city.” 

As mystery shrouded the first monoliths, an anonymous collective called The Most Famous Artist took credit for the ones in Utah and California, and is selling several replicas for $45,000 (£34,000) each.

However, when asked about the Isle of Wight structure, it said: “The monolith is out of my control at this point. Godspeed to all the aliens working hard around the globe to propagate the myth.”

A designer from West Sussex has claimed responsibility for the Isle of Wight monolith, saying he created it “just for fun”.