In the meantime, it remains a mystery who exactly built the monolith and why. Satellite images show that the object was placed there between the summer of 2015 and the autumn of 2016. The work is too big to have been built by anyone alone, so several people were involved anyway.
According to some American media, the desolate area is sometimes used for film and TV recordings, so the column could be an abandoned piece of scenery. Others suspect that it may be a work of art, but the identity of the possible artist remains guesswork for the moment.