FLASHBACK: Christmas-Themed Monolith ‘Cooked Up’ in San Fran Park


It was only weeks ago that the 2020 monolith craze began, and it appears as though the scattered faction of creators involved are getting more inventive as they go.

The first structure was spotted via helicopter deep in the Utah desert as conservationists were counting sheep for a wildlife census.  When they landed, they were confronted with an 11 foot tall monolith, seemingly made out of stainless steel.

Just days later, the piece was gone, trekked out of the remote area by a number of young men in the dead of night, but not before several copycat monoliths began springing up around the world.

The latest of these strange monuments even came complete with a bit of Christmas spirit.

In true pop-up art fashion, a nearly 7-foot-tall monolith made of gingerbread mysteriously appeared on a San Francisco hilltop on Christmas Day and collapsed the next day.

The three-sided tower, held together by icing and decorated with a few gumdrops, delighted the city on Friday when word spread about its existence.

During his morning run, Ananda Sharma told KQED-FM he climbed to Corona Heights Park to see the sunrise when he spotted what he thought was a big post. He said he smelled the scent of gingerbread before realizing what it was.

“It made me smile. I wonder who did it, and when they put it there,” he said.

Local officials were quick to have a little fun with it.

Phil Ginsburg, head of city’s Recreation and Parks Department, told KQED the site “looks like a great spot to get baked” and confirmed his staff will not remove the monument “until the cookie crumbles.”

One can only wonder if the monolith craze will continue into 2021.