The Critical 'I'

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Thursday, March 25, 2004

red men-ice
In what amounts to Arctic graffiti, Chilean-Danish artist Marco Evaristti has spray-painted a Greenland iceberg blood red.

Evaristti made some similar noise last year with his "Helena" installation piece, characterized by having live goldfish displayed in working blenders. The resulting goldfish puree was ruled to not be a crime of animal cruelty. Presumably, this iceberg makeover won't be either, as long as the paint he used wasn't toxic.

"We all have a need to decorate Mother Nature because it belongs to us," Chilean-born Marco Evaristti told the Associated Press news agency.

"This is my iceberg; it belongs to me," Mr Evaristti added.

A contradictorily funny sentiment: Declaring that nature belongs to all of us--except for this chunk of ice, which he claims in the name of... himself.

Examining these comments further, it's the classic man-appropriates-nature mentality, with an artistic embellishment. In Evaristti's mind, he took nothing, i.e. nature's supposedly blank canvas, and "made" something from it. Where the glacier was formerly worthless because it was mere raw material, it's now something of value because of his action. It's a very egotisitical worldview.