When a 2001: A Space Odyssey-like last week, the internet went absolutely crazy trying to figure out who put it there and why. Then suddenly, the .
On Wednesday, it was reported that two menfor "environmental reasons," though they are not the original owners of the monolith they dismantled.
Ripley's, however, wants to get to the truth of the origins of this mysterious Utah monolith and is willing to pay for it. Ripley's said Monday it will pay $10,000 to the first person who comes forward as the "the proud legal owner of the monolith or who provides accurate information exclusively to Ripley's."
While another monolith Tips can be submitted online at Ripleys.com.as well, and yet , Ripley's reward is only for the Utah monolith.
There are already plenty of clues to help would-be sleuths get started on the monolith mystery. Originally, the monolith was spotted by Aero Bureau and wildlife resource officers during an overhead count of bighorn sheep in the Red Rock Country area.
Colorado adventure photographer Ross Bernards said on Tuesday he was visiting the bizarre structure on Friday night when on Instagram, as well as a photo taken by Michael James Newlands of the men taking it down.. He posted photos of the structure
"As they walked off with the pieces, one of them said, 'Leave no trace,'" Bernards told The New York Times. The men then put the monolith pieces in a wheelbarrow and carted it off, he added.
Amateur detectives on Reddit made an attempt to uncover the origins of the monolith. After finding the monolith on Google Earth, they used historical imaging data to determine when it first appeared in the desert, which was between August 2015 and October 2016.
Because of the date range, some people believe it could have been a prop for the sci-fi drama Westworld, which was filming nearby.
However, no one at HBO Entertainment, Kilter Films, Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, nor Warner Bros. Television (who are behind the creation of the Westworld TV series) have yet to claim it as as a Westworld prop.
To keep up to date on all the monoliths popping up in Utah, California, Romania and possibly more sightings, check out our round-up ofhere.
Originally published on Dec. 1. Updated with more monolith info on Dec. 2.