Written by Jeff Richards

Once again, a mysterious metal monolith has materialized in Utah. This time in Iron County.

Hikers and UTV riders visit the site of a metal sculpture in Three Peaks Recreation Area, Iron County, Utah, April 3, 2021 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Acting on a reader’s tip, Cedar City News set out Saturday afternoon to locate and document the large metal sculpture within the Three Peaks Recreation Area.

The reader’s photo depicted a person standing next to a steel panel jutting upward, with an outcropping of rock visible in the background – giving it an appearance similar to the one discovered in southeastern Utah last November.

Hikers and UTV riders visit the site of a metal sculpture in Three Peaks Recreation Area, Iron County, Utah, April 3, 2021 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

That piece of metalwork, whose creator/installer remains unknown, attracted national attention and eventually brought hordes of people to the remote site in San Juan County like moths to a flame, until it was dismantled and stealthily removed by a disgruntled group of four men less than a week later.

To find the Three Peaks installation on Saturday, Cedar City News followed the GPS coordinates that had been provided by the reader, but those only led as far as a nearby dirt road that turns south off Midvalley Road.

After an hour or more of aimlessly hiking around in the area known as Easter Rock or Chris Castle Mountain (and receiving a more accurate GPS pin via text message from the helpful reader), the correct location was eventually found near a confluence of ATV trails.

Cedar City News wasn’t alone in that spot for long, as within 10 minutes several off-road vehicles converged on the area and folks hopped out to take pictures of their new-found find.

Highly polished reflective metal sculpture in Three Peaks Recreation Area, Iron County, Utah, April 3, 2021 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

The sculpture, or whatever it is, appears to be made of three large upright stainless steel panels joined together in a triangular prism shape. The panels stand about 10 feet tall and are approximately four feet across.

Adding to the mystery, there is a red button located on the panel that faces east. When the button is pushed, a small drawer opens up, and one can see a blue LED light illuminating a stylized Egyptian-looking eye, along with a message imprinted on the back of the drawer.

A mysterious copper strip found inside a drawer in the side of a metal sculpture in Three Peaks Recreation Area, Iron County, Utah, April 3, 2021 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Several small copper strips were also inside the drawer, each bearing the same cryptic three-line message: “HUMAN MAY 4TH | 37.3179604 | 114.9597835.”

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