Standing tall in the open field of Lake Park is the newest addition to a growing collection of randomly appearing monoliths in our area. This one is a little different than its predecessors though, because it’s made of snow.
Sculpted from blocks of snow, the obelisk stands about 10 feet tall with two blue circles on either side. According to Dennis Felber, the structure was likely erected Thursday night during a full moon. He noticed the monolith during his morning walk Friday, and knew it was new because it was not there during his walk the day before.
The large circle of footprints around the monolith suggest construction took awhile.
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Felber noticed the monolith during his sunny stroll. He said the odd white pillar in the baseball field on the north end of the park caught his attention. When he went to investigate, he saw a smooth obelisk with almost no noticeable markings from carving. Felber said he really appreciated the time and effort someone took to put it together – especially if it was done during a wintry night.
Joy-sparking mysteries and hijinks are always a welcomed palate cleanser, especially in 2020 and apparently in 2021. The monolith that began the craze first appeared in San Juan County, Utah. After gaining national attention it was removed, which further added to the mystery. The second appeared in Romania outside of Piatra Neamt and the third in Atascadero, California, of which all three gained national and international attention.
This is not the first obelisk to pop up in the Milwaukee area either. On Jan. 3, we found a silver obelisk at County Grounds Park in Wauwatosa. It stood about eight or nine feet tall and was made of thick cardboard and plywood then painted silver with a metallic sheen. While not as tall as the others, it was still visible from Discovery Parkway. No sooner did it appear than it was taken down. The following day, the obelisk was gone. No one has claimed it, and it will probably remain a mystery forever.
This weekend’s freeze will help keep the newest Lake Park wonder alive for a bit before it inevitably melts, or mysteriously disappears.