The statues have so far appeared in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Colombia, California, Las Vegas, New Mexico, and the Isle Of Wight.

In California, a group of four artists and fabricators have come forward as the makers of a monolith that first appeared atop Pine Mountain in Atascadero on December 2. The artists shared a YouTube video showing them hoisting a second monolith after the first one was toppled and replaced with a crucifix.

Wade McKenzie, one of the members of the group, told the New York Times: “We intended for it to be a piece of guerrilla art. But when it was taken down in such a malicious manner, we decided we needed to replace it.”

The group did not claim responsibility for another monolith that appeared in California’s Los Padres National Forest last week.

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