Man who ‘discovered’ monolith on Isle of Wight admits he made it himself

A man who discovered a mystery monolith on the Isle of Wight has admitted he made it himself.

The designer was one of the first to find the creation, and now he has claimed responsibility.

It comes after a series of monolith's appeared around the world in Columbia, Utah, California and Romania.

In the Isle of Wight, dog walker Tom Dunford claimed to have been the first to discover the metallic structure standing on the beach in the early hours of Sunday, (December 6).

The 29 year old took part in a series of interviews proclaiming bafflement at his discovery and also posed for photographs next to the plinth.

But today he admitted that it was in fact him that constructed the mirrored artwork and placed it on Compton Beach in Freshwater.

Mr Dunford said he had been 'inspired' by similar works which had appeared in the United States and Romania, and that if aliens were to visit, they might choose the island as it boasts Tier 1 Covid restrictions.

Speaking on BBC Radio Solent this morning, Mr Dunford said: "If the aliens were to come down I think they'd go for the safest place which is the Isle of Wight in Tier 1.

"I was convinced it would be stolen in the first couple of hours."

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The anonymous collective of artists responsible for the two works in Utah and California, known as The Most Famous Artist, denied their involvement with the installation on the island.

Mr Dunford, who is from Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight and works for a design company, said: "When I saw the first one pop up [in Utah] I thought it was brilliant, the second one popped up and I had a text from a friend which said 'you're the man that can do this on the island'.

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"I'm absolutely fascinated in futuristic design, science and space. The actual idea sparked when I was walking back to the office and we had an old sheet of mirrored perspex.

"I'm one of these guys, once I get a creative streak I have to just go for it."

Matty Mo, a member of the collective, told the New York Times: "The monolith is out of my control at this point.

"Godspeed to all the aliens working hard around the globe to propagate the myth."

The structures in Romania and Utah have now been removed, and are reported to be on sale for 45,000 dollars (£34,000).

The National Trust, who own the site, say they had no prior knowledge of the structure, but also have no intention of removing it, but Mr Dunford himself says he will remove it himself.

He added: "I'm going to leave it and let people take photos and go and collect it in a couple of days."

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