Atascadero Monolith Vandalized and Rebuilt •

A massive boulder was toppled from the hillside and smashed into a house in Atascadero, California. The boulder weighed about 14 tons and had been perched atop the hill for some time.

The GoFundMe campaign has collected $1065, which is less than the $4500 target.

ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — The huge steel “monolith” at the top of Pine Mountain was damaged, according to reports received on Monday, Aug. 16.  

Local resident Raymond Johnson said he was climbing the mountain that morning when he discovered the monolith had been damaged; a crew of men came shortly after and began replacing and welding it back together.

Melissa Kenney launched a Go Fund Me effort to help restore the monolith on Monday afternoon. “I am the wife of one of the artists that constructed the Monolith on Pine Mountain in Atascadero, California,” Kenney said in the description. The reason for this GoFundMe is owing to yet another incident of vandalism. On December 3, the monolith was taken, as shown on YouTube. The artists and a few of their friends banded together to resurrect it, but it was destroyed late yesterday night, August 21…”

We’re going to get through this together, Atascadero

As of Wednesday, Aug. 18, the campaign has raised $1065, or $4500, of its $4500 target. 

“The artists who constructed this memorial did it out of the kindness of their hearts, spending their own hard-earned money,” Kenney said. As most of you are aware, the cost of these materials has soared and continues to rise. So, in light of this terrible series of circumstances, I’d want to see the community come together to support these noble guys as they strive to restore the monolith to Pine Mountain.”

“These men worked all day and night putting Atascadero’s monolith back up on Pine Mountain for everyone in our town to enjoy!” Kenney said on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

This is the third time these gentlemen have dedicated their time, energy, and resources to spreading pleasure, love, and hope to our community. Any assistance you provide will be used to ensure that the monolith is well-maintained and kept safe and secure.

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed!”

Parts of the second monolith will be on display at local breweries, restaurants, and stores, according to the California monolith team, allowing people to contribute towards the cost of materials and a potential camera system. The exact sites will be revealed at a later time. 

When they contacted the city, they received the following response:

“It’s a pity that the monolith has been damaged again, but we appreciate the local artists who took the effort to restore it. Many people have visited our region to view the monolith, as well as to enjoy the wonderful trekking experience to the summit of Pine Mountain. We believe that as long as the monolith is a focal point on the path, people will appreciate the effort that has gone into it and the narrative behind it, and will not feel compelled to tamper with it.” 

The Atascadero monolith has been repaired as of today, due to the community and local hikers who reminded the artist how much pleasure it gave them every time they visited. 

Visit the California Monolith website and Instagram feed for additional information about the monolith. Go to and search for Atascadero Monolith to discover the GoFundMe page.  

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