The saga of monoliths mysteriously showing up at the oddest of location continues. Only this time, instead of a shiny metallic structure, it’s completely edible. Yes, imbibing the Christmas spirit, a recent one spotted in San Francisco, US is made out of gingerbread!
Local residents got a sweet holiday surprise after it was discovered on a hilltop at Corona Heights Park, overlooking the Castro neighborhood, ABC Bay News reported. The monolith was even decked for the occasion with decorative icing and brightly-colored gumdrops candy.
However, as reported by local KTLA, it’s unclear like all other monoliths who put up the gingerbread monolith version or why, but it popped up just in time to spread some Christmas joy. In fact, tossing aside all fears about virus and germs, one person was seen licking the monolith, said a San Franciscan who confirmed the structure was indeed a cookie that was held together with frosting.
the gingerbread monolith is real. so real that i even watched someone lick it, and then i proceeded to say a prayer for them. on that note, merry monolith! pic.twitter.com/ceyGDbKPVB
— Josh Ackerman (@joshuaackerman) December 25, 2020
The gingerbread monolith has gained a lot of attention both online and in-person, with many calling it a Christmas miracle. “How could you not call it a Christmas miracle?” Alexis Gallagher whose family who were among the first people to spot it told San Francisco Chronicle.
You can see my dog is sad I didn’t let him eat it. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/H0qpn5ApcV
— Sixelå! (@alexisgallagher) December 25, 2020
“A very well-engineered and well-constructed miracle, at that —” He paused as barking began in the background, “oh sorry, that’s the dog. But yeah, I was like, ‘This city’s not dead yet. It still has spirit.’”
Social media is abuzz with photos of the gingerbread monolith, and one person who snapped some amazing shots said it smelled of baked cookies. “I think I smelled it before I actually saw it, must have been fresh,” Twitter user Anand Sharma told SFGate. “At first I was distracted by the double rainbow and walked by it to get a better photo. Then I smelled something and realized what it was,” he added.
There was also a rainbow 🌈 pic.twitter.com/i7GHHGGhQM
— Anand Sharma (@aprilzero) December 25, 2020
Jeffrey Tumlin, director of Transportation of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, too went to check out the column and called the “expertly-iced” monolith the “perfect act of SF 2020 defiance.”
In the perfect act of SF 2020 defiance, there is an expertly-iced gingerbread monolith atop Corona Heights. Miracle? pic.twitter.com/Ik7LKf82MM
— Jeffrey Tumlin (@jeffreytumlin) December 25, 2020
When KQED News reached out to San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department General Manager, Phil Ginsburg, for a comment, he responded: “Wow. Even makes a Jewish parks director smile.”
Wondering if the authorities will remove it, Ginsburg added: “Looks like a great spot to get baked.” However, confirmed that they will let it remain there for a while “until the cookie crumbles” adding, “We all deserve a little bit of magic right now.”
Now, as the Christmas-themed monolith appeared on the hilltop, it has become a crowd puller. Social media sites were awash with images of people posing with it.
Merry Christmas from San Francisco where a gingerbread monolith appeared overnight at Corona Heights Park. pic.twitter.com/XtQCHrNtuI
— Karl Mondon (@karlmondon) December 25, 2020
There’s still a line to take photos with the mysterious gingerbread monolith during this windy rainy Christmas night time pic.twitter.com/XDP7Ya8LOC
— Han Li (@lihanlihan) December 26, 2020
we found the cookie monolith pic.twitter.com/qJfJnKBIxa
— Kyle Warren (@malectro) December 25, 2020
A mysterious gingerbread monolith appeared at corona heights park. Apparently the aliens are feeling festive. pic.twitter.com/2WsJzsQmDr
— Raemond (@RaemondBW) December 25, 2020
Gingerbread monolith atop Corona Heights in San Francisco this morning. And it was briefly framed by a rainbow to boot 🌈 ✨
Merry Christmas to all!!! ❤️🎄💚 pic.twitter.com/9xZHxqo7hh
— Lydia Laurenson ❤️ 💫 (@lydialaurenson) December 25, 2020
Cold and rainy sf is cold and rainy. But gingerbread monolith was worth it! pic.twitter.com/0DbsybOLVc
— SFGuy Who Punches Nazis&Commits White Genocide ☭🌹 (@sfguy1818) December 25, 2020
Sadly, as predicted the gingerbread tower came crumbling down the very next day. As it left fans upset, someone turned the site into a shrine, by creating a memorial on the spot. With a framed photo of the edible monolith, someone left some cinnamon sticks and ginger atop the hilltop.
lmao the site of the former Gingerbread Monolith at Corona Heights Park now features a framed photo of the felled monolith in question, plus some ginger and cinnamon. a lil SF Christmas 2020 shrine pic.twitter.com/EJvBaqK3j2
— J.D. Morris (@thejdmorris) December 29, 2020
The tale of mysterious monoliths began in late November when the first one was spotted in Utah desert and then in several other places around the world, including Romania, Columbia, Netherland, Poland and UK. However, most of these structures quickly vanished, thickening the plot, as people tried to unravel the mystery.