A collective of artists known as “The Most Famous Artist” are capitalizing on the global fascination surrounding the mystery monolith, selling their own version of the metal pillar for $45,000.
Neither the group, nor its founder, Matty Mo, have taken credit for any of the metal monoliths found to this point, but they did post a sales listing on social media with an image of the Utah sculpture, Mashable reported.
“I’m here to say: I didn’t do the monolith, but I didn’t not do the monolith,” Mo said on a podcast Monday. “I am both the originator and the guy who is just capitalizing on it as a result of the artifacts that were created to seed the story which propagated the myth.”
The listing says the monolith is made of “museum quality materials” and features “authentic dimensions.” The group said three of the 10-foot structures will be made, in addition to the artist proof. The group’s website indicates they are sold out. Another social media post shows what appears to be a monolith being carted from a warehouse.
A team of biologists counting bighorn sheep discovered the first metal structure Nov. 18 in a southeastern Utah desert. It was removed Nov. 27 by a group who shouted, “Leave no trace.” The same day another structure appeared in Romania but it was removed four days later. Another sculpture appeared on a California hilltop but was toppled a day later by a group chanting “Christ is king.” A second pillar appeared in California and was created by the same group of metal workers as the first. Artists Wade McKenzie, Jared Riddle, Travis Kenney and Randall Kenney admitted they created the two pillars after learning about the ones in Utah and Romania.
There have been dozens of copycat sculptures since.
Satellite images indicate the first mystery monolith was installed sometime between August 2015 and October 2016. It is believed to be an illegal art installation, however it is still unknown who created it and why. The later incarnations are less enigmatic, with most appearing as promotional stunts.
“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,” Mo told Mashable. “I cannot issue additional images at this time, but I can promise more on this in the coming days and weeks.”
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