People flock to Sheffield beauty spot to see mysterious metal monolith that has appeared
Scores of people flocked to a Sheffield beauty spot this weekend to see a mysterious metal monolith that has appeared without explanation.
The unusual reflective pillar was first seen at Lady Canning’s Plantation towards the end of February.
This comes after the first one to appear in the city was discovered in Parkwood Springs on New Year’s Day, and then a second was found in the Rivelin Valley at the beginning of last month.
The Star reported on the location of the strange column on Friday, and since then a number of people have used their allotted exercise outside to venture out to Lady Canning’s, which is based off Sheephill Road in Ringinglow.
One poster on Instagram said: “Who’s seen the mirror sculpture at lady cannings plantation then? I thought I’d wandered on to the set of 2001!”
Another added: “Not quite sure what this is, or who put it here, but I like it.”
"What a strange thing to appear,” said another commenter.
The first monolith appeared without warning in the desert in Utah in the United States last year, and since then, other similar structures have popped up in locations including Belguim; the Isle of Wight; Glastonbury Tor; Romania and Australia.
Jonathan Skull, of Ecclesall, stumbled across the perplexing post when he deviated through the normal route he takes when running or walking through the picturesque beauty spot.
"It was very intriguing to come across that at Lady Canning’s,” said the 55-year-old, adding: “We had walked past the spot about a week before and I'm sure that it was not there then.”
Jonathan said he had noticed a pattern in the arrival of the structures.
“They do seem to be appearing around the beginning of the month, with Parkwood Springs on New Year’s Day, and Rivelin Valley on February 1,” he said.
He has also plotted the approximate location of the monolith which can be accessed through the geocode website, What Three Words, here: https://what3words.com/aura.ticket.tigers
Many of the structures have disappeared as suddenly as they arrived, and so who knows how long the newest addition to Lady Canning’s Plantation will be there for?