Adventure and outdoor lifestyle photographer Ross Bernards told CNN he saw the monolith move by a group of four last Friday night.
Bernards, who have about a decade of experience in hiking and desert exploration, set a goal to capture images of the world-famous monolith with friends on Friday after identifying its location earlier this week.
After he and his uncle arrived at the site of the monolith and posed for about an hour, they heard a group of people around the corner approaching the site. Bernards assumes that a group of four there were also photographed, but that is not the case.
“They started pushing it all of a sudden, like throwing their body fluids into it,” Bernards said, “it caused them to have to push three times to make it happen a little bit and start turning it the other way.”
As soon as they can make the monolith smooth, it falls to the ground and makes a noise. It sounds like someone threw their biggest pot down the ladder as far as they could, Bernards said.
“When that happens, one of them says, ‘This is why you do not litter in the desert.’
A group of four took a large piece of the monolith and placed it in a wheelchair and said, “Do not leave any trace” as they took it away.
According to Bernards, the phrase “leave no trace,” is a well-known principle in outdoor communities that encourages outdoor visitors to protect the environment by minimizing its impact.
Bernards and his friends did not stop the group from moving the monolith because they agreed that it had to be removed because the area was not designated for the type of interest and could cause damage that could adversely affect the land. .
“It’s cool to see, but it still needs to go,” Bernards said. “Wilderness-Mother Nature is an artist there, and we have to let her do art.”
The group said in an email to CNN that “we have removed the Utah Monolith because there are clear rules on how we share and standards for state land use, wildlife, native vegetation, freshwater resources and human impact on them.” . “Mystery is a delusion, and we want to take this time to gather the people behind the real problem here – we are losing our people’s land – things like this are not helping at all.”