It could have been alien elves. There was no other immediate explanation for a 7-foot-tall gingerbread monolith that mysteriously appeared in a San Francisco park.
It’s not clear how edible the structure was, but witnesses reported the texture and smell of the monolith panels seemed to be the real thing — and it was decorated with frosting.
The monolith appeared early Christmas Day on a hilltop in Corona Heights Park overlooking the Castro neighborhood.
Resident Ananda Sharma told KQED public radio that he went for a run in the park early Friday and spotted what he initially thought was a “big post” — but as he ran closer, he could smell the gingerbread.
The structure was the latest in a series of monoliths that have appeared — and disappeared — from Utah to Romania. The San Francisco version appears to be the first made of a Christmas treat.
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
A mysterious gingerbread monolith appeared at corona heights park. Apparently the aliens are feeling festive. pic.twitter.com/2WsJzsQmDr
— Raemond (@RaemondBW) December 25, 2020
Neighbors and city officials appeared to enjoy it.
Informed by KQED News about the new monolith, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg responded: “Wow. Even makes a Jewish parks director smile.”
Ginsburg said there were no immediate plans to remove the monolith, and it could stay, at least for the time being.
“Looks like a great spot to get baked,” Ginsburg quipped like a true Californian. “We will leave it up until the cookie crumbles.”
“We all deserve a little bit of magic right now,” he said.
“I just thought it was hilarious,” said Raemond Bergstrom-Wood, who lives nearby.
Jeffrey Tumlin, director of transportation at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, 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
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.