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Mysterious monolith appears in New York and then disappears shortly after

A mysterious black monolith appeared in New York on Christmas and disappeared shortly after.

A monolith stands on a Stadium Park hillside in Atascadero, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2020. A new group show in New York shows off even more monoliths.
A monolith stands on a Stadium Park hillside in Atascadero, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2020.
Kaytlyn Leslie, The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo) via Associated Press

Another new mysterious monolith appeared on New York over Christmas weekend before disappearing shortly after.

What happened:

The Daily Freeman reports that a 9-foot black monolith appeared in a Zena cornfield out in Woodstock, New York.

The monolith appeared on Christmas before it was gone by Sunday night.

  • “It was there. I have no idea where it came from. Could be aliens,” Woodstock Town Supervisor Bill McKenna told The Daily Freeman.
  • “Somebody put it there to start a story,” McKenna said.. “I don’t think it was there Christmas during the day. It could be gone already.”

Woodstock resident Edward Allyn said the monoliths are pretty funny.

  • “I see it as something funny,” Allyn said. “Somebody had a good time doing that and had a good time sitting back and watching everybody go nuts.”


The monolith trend began back in late November when the Utah monolith was discovered in by a team of biologists. Other versions of the monolith have popped up across the world, including some in California, Romania and several places around the world.

The monoliths have provided lessons for people about the pandemic year, according to The New York Times.

“In any year, the discovery of a mysterious monument in the desert would capture the imagination. But the fascination that has greeted the monolith these past few weeks feels significant, the sign of a jolt to the collective unconscious. The monolith is a literal blank screen, on whose shimmering surface we can etch our terrors, longings, fantasies, crackpot theories, gallows humor and other dreams and nightmares incubated in the anxious purgatory of 2020.”