Strange things come in threes?
Another monolith appeared – this time in California.
The mysterious silver structure – similar to those recently discovered in Utah and Romania – was spotted by locals on Wednesday morning atop Pine Mountain in Atascadero, a town in San Luis Obispo County.
Gary Lyons, a regular runner and hiker on the mountain, captured video of the 9-foot-tall stainless steel object, noting, “I guess that’s a thing now.”
“Be prepared to see them everywhere,” Lyons says in the footage, obtained by Storyful, showing the three-sided structure supported by a panoramic view of the treetops and blue sky.
As of Wednesday afternoon, dozens of hikers had climbed the mountain to view the obelisk, Atascadero News reported.
Unlike its Utah sibling, the approximately 200-pound structure was not tied to the ground and appeared to be hollow at the top, according to the report.
The Utah monolith was first spotted by wildlife officials counting sheep in a remote part of the Red Rock Desert – before being dismantled by an extreme sports professional and his friends.
“Sketchy” Andy Lewis, a BASE rider and slackliner based in Moab, said he removed the creation to protect the public lands it stood on, after large numbers of people visited the site to take pictures. photos – leaving garbage behind and parking their cars on the vegetation.
Meanwhile, the monolith spotted on Friday in Romania’s Piatra Neamt mountain region disappeared on Tuesday.
A local reporter told Reuters that the object was installed by a local welder near the ancient Dacian Forest, which is an archaeologically protected area.
It’s unclear who erected the other two monoliths – or if the three are somehow connected.
The mystifying structures have sparked speculation around the world – with theories about their origins ranging from a marketing stunt to aliens.