If you’ve been paying attention to the news recently, you’ve probably seen the posts about the strange and mysterious monoliths popping up around the globe. Yes, it’s real, and no, people still don’t know if these structures come in peace. 

If you aren’t aware of monolith-gate, the general gist is that these shiny metal structures keep appearing, but no one knows why. They vary in height and are reminiscent of the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Some people are claiming aliens, artists are trying to take ownership themselves, and some think the structures are part of an edgy advertisement plot, soon to reveal the most unsatisfying connection to Amazon or Disney. 

In fact, some sightings have already been debunked, but the majority are still a mystery.

Creating a timeline of all monolith sightings

The first monolith was spotted on November 18, 2020, in a remote section of Utah. Since then, numerous other structures have appeared across the U.S. and Europe. Here’s a comprehensive timeline of sightings and vanishings of the monoliths around the world.

November 18, 2020: Utah monolith is seen from a helicopter. The Utah Department of Public Safety confirms its existence a few days later. 

November 27, 2020: Utah monolith disappears. However, a group of people have taken ownership of this action. They claim they took down the piece as a preemptive measure of protecting the remote area from tourists driving in to see the monolith.

November 26-28, 2020: Monolith is found in Piatra Neamt, Romania

December 1, 2020: Romanian monolith vanishes.

December 2, 2020: A new monolith is found on a trail in Atascadero, California

December 3, 2020: It’s confirmed the Atascadero monolith is gone. It’s revealed a few days later that a group traveled in specifically to vandalize/remove the structure.

On the same day, a mini-monolith (standing 3 feet tall) appears in Fayetteville, North Carolina

December 5, 2020: Monolith is found near Sulzbach, Hesse in Germany in a field.

December 6, 2020: Monolith appears outside a candy shop in Pittsburgh. However, the shop admits to placing the tiny monolith themselves as a way to join in on the fun. 

A second Southern California monolith was also found, this one in the Los Padres National Forest

Monolith was found near Oudehorne, Netherlands.

Monolith found in a yard by people walking through the Hillcrest neighborhood in Washington D.C. 

December 7, 2020: The first appearance of a monolith in England is recorded, as one is found on the Isle of Wight’s Compton Beach. However, it is confirmed that designer Tom Dunford created and installed this particular one. 

A monolith was also found in Manitoba, Canada.

Monolith found in Panama City, Florida.

Monolith found in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Monolith made of wood and tin foil is found in Dude Chilling Park, in East Vancouver.

December 8 2020:  A monolith was found in El Paso, Texas and was immediately removed. 

Monolith is found in a Belgian potato field

Monolith is spotted in the ruins of a church in Ayllón, Spain, and is removed within hours, supposedly a joke carried out by the residents of the area.


A gold monolith is found in the municipality of Chia in Columbia.

December 9, 2020: Belgian monolith vanishes

A second monolith is found in Vancouver, Canada on Kitsilano Beach.

Two monoliths found in Poland. One in the Kadzielnia nature reserve in Kielce. The other was found in Warsaw near the  Świętokrzyski Bridge. 

Monolith found near the Liebegg Castle in Switzerland.

December 10, 2020: Monolith found in Savonlinna, Finland.