The mystery shrouding the metal monoliths discovered across the globe appears to be revealed after a New Mexico art collective claimed responsibility.
Conspiracy theories speculating aliens circulated when a stainless steel, 10-foot monolith was discovered in a remote area of the Utah desert by wildlife officials on November 18.
Nearly two weeks later, a similar installation was spotted overlooking a river on Batca Doamnei Hill in the city of Piatra Neamt in northern Romania.
And a third structure appeared at the top of the Pine Mountain in Atascadero, California, on Wednesday in another plot twist.
The world was fascinated when one mysterious monolith appeared in a Utah desert (left) in November, then a second one was found in Piatra Neamt, Romania, soon after
On Wednesday, a third metal monolith was photographed at the top of the Pine Mountain in Atascadero, California (pictured)
Now, The Most Famous Artist has seemingly taken credit for the triangular installations, and are selling them for $45,000.
The art collective, based in Santa Fe, posted an image on Friday of a tall monolith being wheeled out of a workshop.
‘Verified Checking in… any collectors interested in an official alien monolith? Asking $45k,’ the post read, poking fun at the many the online conspiracies.
Matty Mo, founder of The Most Famous Artist, shared a photo that showed a metal monolith being wheeled around a workspace
A second post showed the viral Utah monolith with the caption ‘monolith-at-a-service.com,’ and specs of the artwork, noting ‘museum quality materials’ among others.
The Most Famous Artist account then shared Instagram photos of articles covering the monoliths, original concept art and, perhaps most telling, masked artist who appeared in the process of making a monolith.
‘You mean it wasn’t aliens?! Monoliths-as-a-service.com,’ the caption read.
The Most Famous Artist began sharing photos of the metal monoliths to Instagram on Friday and priced them at $45,000
One photoset on Instagram showed a masked man in the process of creating the monoliths
The Instagram photo’s caption read: ‘You mean it wasn’t aliens?! Monoliths-as-a-service.com’
When followers asked the Instagram account’ was it you?’, the account replied, ‘if by you mean us, yes.’
The account also shared a photo of a fourth monolith in Joshua Tree Park.
‘ANOTHER Monolith outside of Joshua Tree. That makes 4. What does it mean?’ the photo’s caption read.
The founder of the art collective, Matty Mo, spoke about the art installations in an interview with Mashable, but stopped short of giving an outright answer.
‘I am not able to say much because of legalities of the original installation,’ Mo told Mashable via DM.
‘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.’
The publication noted that Mo ‘would neither confirm nor deny that he was taking credit, and wouldn’t share additional proof.’
The Most Famous Artist founder Matty Mo (pictured) didn’t outright confirm the group’s involvement in an interview with Mashable
Mashable noted that the Romanian monolith hadn’t been pictured anywhere on the groups social media or website.
Mo said that’s because he ‘only had 3 spots for photos on my site.’
Mo began sharing images of the monoliths to his Twitter account on Thursday.
However, Mashable noted that Mo may have potential collaborators in Carlos Estrada, a content creator at Media Arts Lab, and Erik Junke, a photographer.
Estrada reportedly hinted to his contributions in on Instagram, writing: ‘did me and @themostfamousartist make the monolith?’
The Most Famous Artist’s account answered: ‘NOT NO.’
The Most Famous Artist shared a fourth monolith from Joshua Tree National Park to their Intagram page
Junke shared two photo of the California desert to their Instagram in September and October.
Each photo, titled ‘Doorway’ and ‘Doorway II,’ had bright rectangles edited into the photo and were tagged ‘#monolith.’
They were reportedly included 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,’ another caption read, per Mashable.
All three original monoliths have been removed since their installation.
In Utah, images emerged of four men working in the dead of night to remove the monolith.
Sylvan Christensen and Andy Lewis dentified themselves on Instagram as one of the men, and Christensen shared a video showing part of the process.
The short clip, which has already been viewed over 100,000 times on TikTok, was captioned: ‘Don’t abandon your personal property on public land if you don’t want it to be taken out #utahmonolith #leavenotrace,’ accompanied with a shrugging emoji.
The monolith in Romania vanished just four days after its unexpected arrival.
‘The 2.8 meter (9ft) tall structure disappeared overnight as quietly as it was erected last week,’ journalist Robert Iosub of the Ziar Piatra Neamt local newspaper, who had seen the structure, told Reuters.
‘An unidentified person, apparently a bad local welder, made it … now all that remains is just a small hole covered by rocky soil,’ local reporters had discovered, he said.
A large 10-foot tall monolith has appeared on the street outside Grandpa Joe’s candy shop in Pittsburgh
The sheet metal structure had a badly-welded join, he added.
A spokeswoman for Piatra Neamt police, Georgiana Mosu, said officers are conducting an inquiry into the illegally-installed structure, which was positioned in a protected archaeological area from November 27.
City officals in California said their monolith disappeared early Thursday morning. A press release said video shared to social media showed a group of men removing the art piece and replacing it with a wooden cross.
Meanwhile, a similar -or copycat – monolith appeared outside of Grandpa Joe’s candy store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Thursday.