‘Artist’ Vandalises Scafell Pike
We’re a little bemused at the news that an Ecuadorian artist, Oscar Santillan, appears to have vandalised the summit of Scafell Pike in the name of ‘art’ by removing the top inch of the highest point of the mountain for an ‘installation’ called ‘The Intruder’ and doubly astonished that his actions are effectively endorsed by a London art gallery which is showcasing his ‘work’.
You can see images from the Copperfield Gallery’s website on the left which accompany the following text:
‘‘The Intruder’ presents an inch of stone removed from the English landscape. At a glance it is seemingly insignificant and yet the material is carefully presented. Scaling the 3028ft of Scafell Pike in the Lake District, the artist has stolen the uppermost inch of the highest mountain in England. An entire nation’s height is modified and its landscape redefined by means of a single careful action.’