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Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - Page updated at 10:26 A.M.

Greenlanders seeing red, thanks to artist

By Jan M. Olsen
The Associated Press

Working in minus 9 degree weather, it took Danish artist Marco Evaristti and his team about two hours to paint the exposed tip of an iceberg outside Ilullissat, Greenland.
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — An artist with 780 gallons of red paint, three fire hoses and a 20-member crew at his disposal went to Greenland in search of a blank canvas large enough to accommodate his creative impulse.

The result is a blood-red iceberg now sitting off the country's western coast.

"We all have a need to decorate Mother Nature because it belongs to all us," Danish artist Marco Evaristti said yesterday. "This is my iceberg; it belongs to me."

Evaristti and his crew sailed in two ice breakers from Ilullissat, Greenland, on Wednesday.

Working in minus 9 degree weather, it took about two hours for the 40-year-old artist to paint the iceberg's exposed tip, a volume of nearly 10,000 square feet.

He said the team sprayed the iceberg with the same dye used to tint meat, diluted with sea water.

Evaristti, who was born in Chile, drew widespread attention — and disdain — when he displayed 10 working blenders filled with goldfish in a Danish gallery in 2000. He invited guests to turn the devices on and someone did, grinding up a pair of goldfish.

The gallery director was tried on charges of animal cruelty but acquitted.


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