At least we now know aliens weren’t the ones who took it.
An extreme sports pro on Tuesday said he and a group of pals were the ones who removed the metal monolith that mysteriously appeared — and then disappeared — from a remote section of Utah.
“Sketchy” Andy Lewis, a BASE jumper and slackliner based in Moab, posted a video on YouTube announcing he was part of the four-person team that dismantled the 10-foot tall stainless-steel structure on Friday, and showing the creation coming down.
“On the night of November 27, 2020, at about 8:30pm— our team removed the Utah Monolith,” the 23-second clip on the “Mr. Slackline” account is captioned.
The footage shows three people, their faces blurred, wheeling away the large metal pieces in the night, as a fourth uses a phone to film.
“The safe word is: ‘run,’” one of them quips.
In a statement to The Post, the group said they acted after seeing “the damage caused by the Internet sensationalism” around the odd artwork — pointing to the masses that flocked to the public lands to visit it in the days since it was discovered.
“This land wasn’t physically prepared for the population shift (especially during a pandemic),” they wrote.
The three-sided silver structure was first spotted by wildlife officials counting sheep in southeastern Utah on Nov. 18, prompting worldwide speculation over how it got there — with theories ranging from a marketing stunt to extraterrestrials.
It vanished 10 days later under equally puzzling circumstances — until Lewis and his crew came forward, after two other visitors from Colorado spotted them in the act and spoke out.
Witness James Newlands, 38, told the Post he went with a photographer buddy to grab snaps of the monolith when they saw the whole thing go down.
Newlands, of Denver, managed to get a few images with his cellphone, which were posted on Instagram. He said that Lewis and his crew contacted him about the images, which he gave them to include in their YouTube video.
The clip was re-posted on Instagram and TikTok by Moab-based slackliner Sylvan Christensen, who wrote: “Don’t abandon your personal property on public land if you don’t want it to be taken out.”
The video includes Newlands‘ still images showing shadowy figures turning the hollow structure over on its side on the sandy ground.
The metal monolith in Red Rock
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In their statement, Lewis and Christensen noted the large number of people who have recently visited the site to snap photos — leaving behind trash and parking their cars on vegetation.
Their aim was “to unite people behind the real issues,” such as the loss of public lands, they said.Newlands agreed that the shiny artwork needed to go.
“This is litter on public land,” he explained. “People who were going out there to see it, I don’t think understand the customs (of the area)… It’s not a place for your art… get it out.”Still, the mystery of how the monolith got there in the first place remains.
Although it was only spotted recently, Google Earth imagery shows it appeared sometime between August 2015 and October 2016.