|Artist Alex Hartley on the Artic rock he will transport to the UK|
A very thought-provoking opinion piece in today's Guardian about one of the big Olympic art projects..just what is the 'ends justifying the means' equation when we are talking about art?
'Spending £500,000 – and considerable energy – on Nowhereisland to drag six tonnes of Arctic rock to the UK for the Olympics is wrong...
|Video and info about the project - here|
Just what was the Arts Council thinking when it agreed back in 2009 to hand over £500,000 to the artist Alex Hartley in order for him and 18 volunteers to create Nowhereisland?
The creative idea itself is actually rather captivating: find an Arctic island that has recently been exposed by melting ice and then break off some rocks to form a new "island nation" which can then be transported to the waters off the UK in time for the 2012 Olympics.'
read the full article - here
The Scottish Olympic Art project is called 'Forest Pitch' (website - here) - colleagues in the Borders tell that this project is causing similar controversy over their way...possibly - because people are listening to comment about these projects rather than finding out about the projects themselves..?
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