Designer claims to have created Isle of Wight monolith ‘purely for fun’

A designer has claimed to have created a monolith which was found on a beach on the Isle of Wight.

The mirrored pillar was discovered on Compton Beach on Sunday after others turned up as far apart as the USA and Romania.

Tom Dunford, 29, from Fishbourne, West Sussex, told the BBC that he created the structure "purely for fun".

He 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 (Covid restrictions).

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Undated handout photo issued by Alexia Fishwick showing a composite of images of a monolith on Compton Beach, on the Isle of Wight, believed to be the fifth monolith to appear in mysterious circumstances, after similar structures were spotted in Utah, Southern California and Romania.
Undated handout photo issued by Lee Peckham showing a monolith on Compton Beach, on the Isle of Wight, believed to be the fifth monolith to appear in mysterious circumstances after similar structures were spotted in Utah, Southern California and Romania.
Handout photo dated 07/12/20 issued by David Lowe showing a monolith on Compton Beach, on the Isle of Wight, believed to be the fifth monolith to appear in mysterious circumstances after similar structures were spotted in Utah, Southern California and Romania.
Handout photo dated 07/12/20 issued by David Lowe showing a monolith on Compton Beach, on the Isle of Wight, believed to be the fifth monolith to appear in mysterious circumstances after similar structures were spotted in Utah, Southern California and Romania.
FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2020, file photo, a metal structure sticks out from the ground on the Batca Doamnei hill, outside Piatra Neamt, northern Romania. Days after the arrival and swift disappearance of two shining metal monoliths spotted half a world away from each other, another towering structure has popped up, this time at the pinnacle of a trail in Southern California. Its straight sides and height appear similar to one discovered in the Utah desert and another that was found in Romania. (Robert Iosub/ziarpiatraneamt.ro via AP, File)
A metal structure sticks from the ground on the Batca Doamnei hill, outside Piatra Neamt, northern Romania, on Nov. 27, 2020. The structure, similar in shape and size to the monolith that was placed in the Utah desert, has since disappeared.(Robert Iosub/ziarpiatraneamt.ro via AP)
A metal structure sticks from the ground on the Batca Doamnei hill, outside Piatra Neamt, northern Romania, on Nov. 27, 2020. The structure, similar in shape and size to the monolith that was placed in the Utah desert, has since disappeared.(Robert Iosub/ziarpiatraneamt.ro via AP)
A metal structure sticks from the ground on the Batca Doamnei hill, outside Piatra Neamt, northern Romania, on Nov. 27, 2020. The structure, similar in shape and size to the monolith that was placed in the Utah desert, has since disappeared.(Robert Iosub/ziarpiatraneamt.ro via AP)
FILE - This Nov. 18, 2020, file photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety shows a metal monolith in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The mysterious silver monolith that was placed in the Utah desert has disappeared less than 10 days after it was spotted by wildlife biologists performing a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep, federal officials and witnesses said. The Bureau of Land Management said it had received credible reports that the three-sided stainless steel structure was removed on Nov. 27. (Utah Department of Public Safety via AP, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety, a Utah state worker stands next to a metal monolith in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The mysterious silver monolith that was placed in the Utah desert has disappeared less than 10 days after it was spotted by wildlife biologists performing a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep, federal officials and witnesses said. The Bureau of Land Management said it had received credible reports that the three-sided stainless steel structure was removed on Nov. 27. (Utah Department of Public Safety via AP, File)
This Nov. 18, 2020 photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety shows a metal monolith installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The smooth, tall structure was found during a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, officials said Monday. State workers from the Utah Department of Public Safety and Division of Wildlife Resources spotted the gleaming object from the air and landed nearby to check it out. The exact location is so remote that officials are not revealing it publicly, worried that people might get lost or stranded trying to find it and need to be rescued. (Utah Department of Public Safety via AP)
This Nov. 18, 2020 photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety shows Utah state workers walking near a metal monolith in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The smooth, tall structure was found during a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, officials said Monday. State workers from the Utah Department of Public Safety and Division of Wildlife Resources spotted the gleaming object from the air and landed nearby to check it out. The exact location is so remote that officials are not revealing it publicly, worried that people might get lost or stranded trying to find it and need to be rescued. (Utah Department of Public Safety via AP)
A metal structure sticks from the ground on the Batca Doamnei hill, outside Piatra Neamt, northern Romania, on Nov. 27, 2020. The structure, similar in shape and size to the monolith that was placed in the Utah desert, has since disappeared. (Robert Iosub/ziarpiatraneamt.ro via AP)
The place where a metal monolith was placed on the Batca Doamnei hill, outside Piatra Neamt, northern Romania, on Dec. 1, 2020. The structure, similar in shape and size to the monolith that was placed in the Utah desert, spotted on Nov, 26 has since disappeared.(Robert Iosub/ziarpiatraneamt.ro via AP)
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah state workers walk near a metal monolith planted in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The mysterious silver monolith that was placed in the Utah desert has disappeared less than 10 days after it was spotted by wildlife biologists performing a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep, federal officials and witnesses said. The Bureau of Land Management said it had received credible reports that the three-sided stainless steel structure was removed on Nov. 27. (Utah Department of Public Safety via AP, File)
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"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'."

The National Trust said it has placed rangers at the beach to prevent any overcrowding as people have been travelling to the site to take photographs.

The first metal edifice was found planted in the ground in a remote part of Utah at the end of November.

It disappeared just days later, and two other shining metal towers later appeared in Romania and Southern California, with others turning up in other countries including Spain, Germany and Colombia.

An anonymous collective called The Most Famous Artist has taken credit for the monoliths in Utah and California.

It posted an image of the Utah monolith on Instagram, with a 45,000 US dollar (£34,000) price tag.

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