Atascadero monolith creators replace stolen work of art

The mysterious artists behind the Atascadero monolith introduce themselves to the world after replacing the steel beam on Pine Mountain.

Their first beam was dismantled just 24 hours after it was installed on December 1.

Monoliths have arisen from Romania to the deserts of Utah, and although many do not know where these tall beams came from, a group of Atascadero residents and friends took inspiration from the Global Beams and decided to build one of their own. .

Residents of Atascadero, Wade Mckenzie, and Travis Wade are not responsible for the other monoliths spotted around the world, and they say there is no meaning behind theirs.

“There is no esoteric agenda, there is no spiritual agenda, there is no political agenda, it’s just a work of art, take it for what you want, “said Wade Mckenzie.

Their plan was ruined, however, after a video was released Thursday showing a group of people from out of town stealing the monolith.

“You can hunt people, be an Internet warrior… you can do anything – but at the end of the day, that won’t do anything,” says monolithic artist Kenney.

So they started building again.

“[Wade] owns a steel workshop that does a lot of crafting and art stuff and we said we were going to build [another monolith] it’s going to stay, ”Kenney said.

With the strengthening of the structural weld, the artists put a new monolith in its place.

“Aesthetically they’re basically the same, the same material, the same look, the same welding locations on the outside,” said Mckenzie.

The city of Atascadero also recognized their efforts.

“[For them] to go out and say hello, we want to bring back the joy and unity and we’re not going to let that bring us down … I think that was really special and it really speaks to who we are as a community ” said Atascadero City Mayor Heather Moreno.

The monolith has become a symbol of unity and strength, which many seek to find.

“Right now, the key word in this area is resilience; Atascadero, we are resilient and this city is growing again, ”said Mckenzie

Kenney and Mckenzie say they hope to continue creating other projects that will help bring their community together in the near future.