Enormous rock in front of the Icelandic parliament
When parliament building employees arrived at work this morning they discovered a giant rock sitting in front of the building. Later this morning it became clear that the rock was part of Spanish artists Santiago Sierra’s NO global tour. Previously he attracted attention when he drove a truck around the streets of Reykjavík with a giant NO on the truck bed.
This giant rock or “The Black Cone, Monument to Civil Disobedience” is according to the Reykjavík Art Museum a “reminder of the importance of civil liberties, including the right to refuse to obey laws and commands of the government.” Apparantly it is inspired by the series of protests that have taken place in front of the Icelandic parliament building since the bank crash three years ago. Those same protests were an inspiration for protests in Spain, perhaps prompting Sierra to come to Iceland.
Today at one o’clock (Icelandic time) Sierra will drive a half meter long steel cone into the rock and break it and thus breaking the establishment I suppose.