The monolith saga continues.
More monoliths were discovered in England and Pittsburgh over the weekend. The Pennsylvania version is the sixth overall since hikers discovered a 10-foot structure in Utah last month.
Photos taken outside Grandpa Joe’s sweet shop in Pittsburgh on Sunday show a three-sided metal sculpture similar to the one discovered in Romania, California and Nevada.
But unlike the previous ones, there’s no secret behind Pittsburgh’s monolith: the candy store posted on social media that it was built as a “gimmick” to “remind everyone to support small businesses”.
“We are honored to have the overwhelming positive response to the hundreds of people who went to the Strip today to take a selfie and see our ‘monolith,'” the shopkeepers added in a Facebook post on Saturday. “We thank everyone for their continued support and hope this has brought some comic relief to such a difficult time.”
Sky News and the BBC reported that a similar sculpture was discovered over the weekend on Compton Beach on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.
USA TODAY reached out to Compton Beach representatives for more information.
The first monolith was discovered on November 18 in Utah’s remote Red Rock Country and sparked a debate about who was responsible: some joked – or seriously theorized – aliens were to blame, while some artists paid tribute to the statue. The first mysteriously disappeared a few days later and was later identified by conservationists as concerned that the attention drawn to the park was harming the natural environment.
A second was discovered soon after in Romania, and copycats have since surfaced in California and Las Vegas.
It is unclear whether all or some of the monoliths are the same or come from the same source, although some artists have taken responsibility online.