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Mysterious Georgia rock art sculpture, believed by some to be the ‘American Stonehenge’ and by others the work of Satan, has been bombed

The Georgia Guidestones, a mysterious public artwork sometimes referred to as the “American Stonehenge”, no longer exists. In the early hours of Wednesday, unidentified people detonated a bomb that severely damaged the sculpture that stood in Elberton, Georgia, for more than 40 years.

In the aftermath of the attack, and citing security concerns, the government demolished what remained of the structure, which had inspired many conspiracy theories. Kandiss Taylor, the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, had recently promised to destroy them due to fears they were the work of a satanic New World Order.

“Preliminary information indicates that unknown individuals detonated an explosive device at approximately 4 a.m. Wednesday, July 6,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. “Elbert County Sheriff’s Office staff responded to find the explosion had destroyed much of the structure.”

Surveillance video captured the explosion, followed by a car fleeing the scene shortly after the explosion. One of the stone slabs was reduced to rubble by the explosion, but no one was injured in the incident.

“I’m not just sad for Elberton and Elbert County, I’m sad for the United States and the world. It was a tourist attraction, and it was not uncommon for people from all over the world to be here. at any time,” said Chris Kubas, executive vice president of the Elberton Granite Association. FOX affiliate.

“To extract something this big and get these four of them so precise…with the sandblasting it took to write these languages, that’s absolute craftsmanship that you won’t find anywhere else,” said he added.

The Georgia Tourism Board, which previously promoted “the most unusual set of granite monoliths,” has previously removed all mention of Georgia Guidestones from its website.

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The Georgia Guidestones following the bombardment. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“It’s unfortunate that we live in a society that thinks it’s okay to tear things down that you disagree with. I’m at a loss for words right now,” said Matt Clamp, who helped his father, Charlie Clamp, carve the stones. New York Times.

He called the conspiracy theories surrounding the artwork “whackadoodle” and pledged to help reconstruct the artwork.

The 19-foot-tall, 237,746-pound monument was erected in 1980, at the request of a man calling himself RC Christian. He would have represented a “small group of faithful Americans who believe in God” and wanted to “leave a message to future generations”.

Only Wyatt C. Martina retired local banker who helped organize the installation of the work, reportedly learned of Christian’s true identity, and he swore never to reveal it.

Les <em>Georgia Guidestones</em> when unveiled in 1980. Photo courtesy of the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce.” width=”915″ height=”525″ srcset=”https://news.artnet.com/app /news-upload/2022/07/georgia-guidestones_07-915×525-1.jpeg 915w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2022/07/georgia-guidestones_07-915×525-1-300×172. jpeg 300w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2022/07/georgia-guidestones_07-915×525-1-50×29.jpeg 50w” sizes=”(max-width: 915px) 100vw, 915px” /></p>
<p id=The Georgia Guidestones when it opened in 1980. Photo courtesy of the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce.

The 2015 documentary Dark clouds over Elbertonidentified Christian as Herbert Hinzie Kersten, an Iowa doctor who published letters in local newspapers in support of Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

Built by Elbert Granite Finishing Company, using locally quarried Pyramid Blue Granite – Elberton bills itself as “the granite capital of the world” – the artwork featured four shelves surrounding a central slab, topped with a capstone .

Located a two-hour drive northeast of Atlanta along Highway 77, the piece functioned as an astronomical calendar. Every day at noon, the sun shines through a small hole to illuminate the date engraved below.

But the most mysterious part of the work was the 4,000-character inscription, written in the ancient languages ​​of Sanskrit, Babylonian cuneiform, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Greek, as well as English, Russian, Persian. Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Spanish and Swahili.

L'unité de neutralisation des bombes aux <em>Georgia Guidestones</em> after the attack.  Photo courtesy of Georgia Bureau of Investigation.” width=”1024″ height=”768″ srcset=”https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2022/07/Pic-1-Georgia-Guidestones- 1024×768.jpg 1024w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2022/07/Pic-1-Georgia-Guidestones-300×225.jpg 300w, https://news.artnet.com/app/ news-upload/2022/07/Pic-1-Georgia-Guidestones-50×38.jpg 50w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2022/07/Pic-1-Georgia-Guidestones.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px”/></p>
<p id=The bomb disposal unit at Georgia Guidestones following the bombardment. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The message was written in 10 lines, like the modern 10 commandments, offering instructions for the preservation of humanity and future generations, and for rebuilding after an apocalyptic event – instructions that some believe come from a dangerous cult.

Some conspiracy theorists argue that the order to “keep humanity below 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature” is evidence of an orchestrated plan by global elites to wipe out the world’s population.

In 2008, Alex Jones, the Info Wars founder and alt-right talk show host known for embracing nonsensical conspiracy theories, called the Georgia Guidestones “a cold testimony to the sacred mission of the elites.”

In the years that followed, the sculpture was vandalized at least three times, tagged with slogans like “Death to the New World Order”.

Earlier this year, the monument has become a cornerstone– pun intended – of the governors’ failed bid for Taylor.

“I am the ONLY candidate bold enough to stand up to the Luciferian cabal,” Taylor wrote on Twitter. “Elect me Governor of Georgia, and I will bring the satanic regime to its knees and DEMOLISH the Guidestones of Georgia.”

His accompanying campaign video amusingly denounces the movement to demolish monuments to Confederate leaders and slave owners. Declaring this “a war between good and evil,” Taylor promised his 10th executive order would ensure the sculpture’s removal.

It is still unclear if the vandals who planted the bomb were part of Taylor’s #TearThemDown campaign, openly mocked during a recent episode of Last week tonight with John Oliver.

In the May primary, Taylor received just 3.4% of the vote, placing third behind David Perdue. Incumbent Brian Kemp secured the party’s nomination and will face a rematch with Democrat Stacey Abrams in the general election. Presumably, the Georgia Guidestones will not be a major campaign issue.

“God is God alone,” Taylor writes on Twitter following the demolition of the monument. “He can do ANYTHING he wants to do. That includes destroying Satanic Guidestones.

Read the Stones’ full message below:

To keep humanity below 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.

Guide breeding wisely, improving fitness and diversity.

Unite humanity with a new living language.

Rule passion, faith, tradition and all things with temperate reason.

Protect people and nations with just laws and just courts.

Let all nations govern internally by resolving external disputes in a global tribunal.

Avoid petty laws and unnecessary officials.

Balance personal rights with social duties.

Prioritize truth, beauty, love, seek harmony with infinity.

Don’t be a cancer on the earth—Leave nature in—Leave nature in.

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