The mystery regarding the metal monoliths which has been popping up in different places around the world has apparently been solved after a New Mexico art collective, Matty Mo, claimed responsibility.
The first 10-foot monolith was discovered in a remote area of the Utah desert by wildlife officials on November 18. Soon after the first discovery was made, conspiracy theories speculated that it was the work of aliens.
Shortly after, a similar installation was discovered overlooking a river on Batca Doamnei Hill in the city of Piatra Neamt in northern Romania. The third structure appeared at the top of the Pine Mountain in Atascadero, California. Theories have been circling whether it was the work of pranksters of real life aliens.
However, the search is over as The Most Famous Artist has seemingly taken credit for the monolith installations. The artist are selling the triangular metal objects for $45,000. The art collective who is based in Santa Fe, posted an image on his social media accounts showing a tall monolith being wheeled out of a workshop. The post read; "Verified Checking in... any collectors interested in an official alien monolith? Asking $45k."
The artist also shared a second post showing the viral Utah monolith with the caption "monolith-at-a-service.com". He also shared specs of the artwork on his account noting "museum quality materials".
The Most Famous Artist also shared several photos on their Instagram account of articles covering the monoliths, as well as original concept art. The Most Famous Artist captions these photos by writing; "You mean it wasn’t aliens?! Monoliths-as-a-service.com."
His followers started making the connection, and asked the Instagram account, "was it you?". The account replied, "if by you mean us, yes."
The Most Famous Artist also shared a photo of a fourth monolith in Joshua Tree Park and captioned "ANOTHER Monolith outside of Joshua Tree. That makes 4. What does it mean?"
Mo, who is also the founder of the art collective, recently spoke about the art installations in an interview with Mashable. However he was stopped short of giving an outright answer.
Mo told Mashable that "I am not able to say much because of
legalities of the original installation. I can say we are well known for stunts
of this nature, and at this time we are offering authentic art objects through
monoliths-as-a-service. I cannot issue additional images at this time but I can
promise more on this in the coming days and weeks."
Even though the huge mystery has almost been solved, the publication noted that Mo "would neither confirm nor deny that he was taking credit, and wouldn’t share additional proof."
It was also noted that no pictures of the Romanian monolith have been posted on the groups social media or website. When the publication asked for an explanation, Mo said that's because he "only had 3 spots for photos on my site."
Mo was also interviewed by NBC News regarding the monoliths, but the publication did not publish the piece. Mo did however share the interview on his Instagram.
Mashable also noted that Mo may have potential collaborators in Carlos Estrada, who is a content creator at Media Arts Lab, as well as the collaboration of Erik Junke, a photographer.
Estrada hinted on Instagram by commenting; "did me and @themostfamousartist make the monolith?" Which The Most Famous Artist's account replied; "NOT NO."
The two were also include in The Most Famous Artist's Instagram Stories with captions like: "Are people talking about monoliths or something? It's like they didn't see it coming."
"They're everywhere and there will be plenty more to locate. Go straight to the source to find out more and get your very own @TheMostFamousArtist @TMFACommunity", a caption per Mashable read.
All three original monoliths have been removed since their installation, and a spokeswoman for Piatra Neamt police, Georgiana Mosu, confirmed that officers are conducting an inquiry into the illegally-installed structure, which was positioned in a protected archaeological area from November 27.