Some fearless visitors flock to a remote part of southern Utah in an attempt to be among the first to see the mysterious metal monolith.
The structure in the Red Rock Desert was first discovered last week from the air by a helicopter pilot and wildlife workers who perform an annual census of sheep with a bighorn.
They did not share his contact details, hoping to stop people from trying to make their own pilgrimages in case they got lost in the remote area. But for some, the intrigue was astounding.
About 48 hours after the news of their find was posted on Instagram, photos of people who managed to find it appeared.
Among them was David Serbber, 33, a former U.S. Army infantry officer who drove for six hours at night to find him after spotting a Reddit post that claimed to have found his coordinates.
“Great trip to the monolith today,” he wrote on Instagram, where he also shared his location. “Regardless of who built it or where it came from. It was a positive escape from today’s world. Some for many people to come together and enjoy together. “
He said he was alone with the structure, which he described as shaped from aluminum and shaped from “three pieces riveted together”, for about 10 minutes before others arrived.
“It’s generally not very crowded, you all want to travel,” he wrote.
Tim Slane, who shared the coordinates of Reddit, said he made them by tracking the flight path of the helicopter.
The origin of the object, estimated by Brett Hutchings, the helicopter pilot who discovered it, at an altitude of between 10 feet and 12 feet (about three meters), is unknown.
But it has been compared to the work of several minimalist sculptors, including the late John McCracken.
His gallery owner’s spokesman, David Zwirner, told the Guardian earlier this week that it was not one of McCracken’s works, saying they believed it could be “the work of a fellow McCracken artist.” But Zwirner later told the New York Times that it could actually be from the artist.