Artist jailed in Iceland for pouring dye into geyser

 Reykjavik  |  30 April 2015  |  AMA  |  Tweet  |  LinkedIn

The artist Marco Evaristti has been jailed for two weeks in Iceland for pouring food colouring into a geyser.

The artist poured the red colouring into the geyser, located north of Reykjavik, the fifth time that he has mixed dye with natural landscapes. Despite being jailed for vandalism, the artist maintained that “I do what I do because I’m a painter, a landscape painter who doesn’t use a canvas, I paint directly on nature.” He also commented that: “I do not ask for per­mis­sion be­cause na­ture be­longs to no one. I be­lieve in free­dom of speech and I believe na­ture does­n’t be­long to cer­tain peo­ple, but to every­one.”

Evaristti was born in Chile in 1963, but has lived and worked in Denmark since the 1980s.

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