The Monument To Azathoth
When Oklahoma City restaurant
owner Lesley Rawlinson showed up for work one day last August he was surprised to find a giant 640-pound monument sitting
in his front yard.
The strange three-foot-high
object was made of concrete. On it was carved the words: “In the year of our lord 2012 Creer Pipe claimed this land
Fans of science fiction
writer H. P. Lovecraft might have recognized the name Azathoth as the author’s god of chaos, and might also have caught
a glimpse of humor in the monument. But Rawlinson wanted it removed.
He contacted the police and learned that no one in the area had reported the thing stolen. He put out an appeal
in the local media to have the person or persons responsible to remove the “monument” even though it was attracting
curiosity seekers to his restaurant.
Eric Piper, an artist in nearby Norman, Oklahoma, stepped forward as the man who created the object and then dropped it at
Piper said the piece was an expression of his frustration at
the “elitist ideas about what art should be” in the community, and also wanted to mock the concept of land ownership.”
He was specifically attacking “the spirit of imperialist nations in the past who thought they could claim and colonize
land by sticking a monument in the ground.”
said he bought the concrete, built a wooden mold then poured the cement. He also created a bronze plaque with the reference
to Azathoth, which was set in the concrete while it was still wet.
In Lovecraft’s pantheon of gods, Azathoth is a supreme deity surrounded by lesser gods that dance around
him, lulling him to sleep. If he wakes it creates chaos for the world.
Piper said the monument rested in his studio for weeks before he decided to act. When the time was right, he said
he enlisted the help of friends, they loaded the monument on his truck, and they drove around until they found a place to
He did not remove the work and
has not tried to follow up on what happened to it. All we know is that the monolith has disappeared.