Sylvan Christensen an adventure tour guide appeared in social media posts last Tuesday as one of the culprits for the mysterious Utah monolith demolition. He uploaded a video showing a group of men moved the monolith in wrapping to destroy it.
This video showing Christensen and three others strapping the downed pillar to a wheelbarrow has already been viewed over 100,000 times on TikTok. Christensen captioned this video writing, “Don’t abandon your personal property on public land if you don’t want it to be taken out”.
This shiny 12-foot-tall metal pillar was first spotted by the Utah Department of Public Safety workers on 18th November, while surveying bighorn sheep by helicopter. This mysterious monolith attracted swaths of curious tourists and explorers flocked with the enigma, with rumors it could be a message from alien life. Hundreds and thousands of tourists rushed to the structure and posed for photos within the last week.
Christensen mentioned this as a ‘tragic’ event and said, “And if you think we’re proud— we’re not. We’re disappointed. Furthermore, we were too late.” He also mentioned, “The ethical failures of the artist for the 24” equilateral gouge in the sandstone from the erecting of the Utah Monolith, was not even close to the damage caused by the internet sensationalism and subsequent reaction from the world.”
The adventurer believes that “land wasn’t physically prepared’ for the swaths of curious tourists who flocked to snap images of the enigma since its discovery last week.” He said, “People arrived by car, by bus, by van, helicopter, planes, trains, motorcycles, and E-bikes and there isn’t even a parking lot. There aren’t bathrooms— and yes, pooping in the desert is a misdemeanor.”
He also added, “There are no marked trails, no trash cans, and it’s not a user group area. There are no designated campsites. Each and every user on public land is supposed to be aware of the importance and relevance of this information and the laws associated with them. Because if you did, anyone going out there and filming the monolith and monetizing it without properly permitting the use of the land— would know that’s an offense too.”
According to the photographer Ross Bernards, Christensen and his group ‘appeared from nowhere’ just after 8:40 pm and instructed him saying, “You better have got your pictures’, before proceeding attempt to push the structure over.” He described on social media on Monday, the men worked for between 10 to 15 minutes and they repeatedly shoving the structure hard until it started to tilt towards the ground.
One of the men reportedly remarked while removing the structure under the cover of darkness, “This is why you don’t leave trash in the desert”. As per Bernards, he was suggesting the group the monolith is a pollutant to the landscape and they are doing a great job by removing this. Also, images show the men in the group wearing gloves but not face masks and working under the cover of darkness with torches strapped to their foreheads.