A set of mysterious artworks have appeared in different parts of the Lake District, in England. Admirers have been wondering who might have made them. According to the BBC, one circular creation, which shows off views of Borrowdale Valley, is thought to be crafted from slate local to the area.
It’s really harnessing old school ways of getting the word around of someone who wants to show us what they can doShawn Williamson, British sculptor
Given that no one knows who the artist behind the art is, people in local village have begun to call the work of “the Borrowdale Banksy”. The Lake District National Park Authority, which manages the area, stated that while it was aware of the work, the identity of the author or authors remains unknown.
According to the BBC, Windermere-based sculptor Shawn Williamson described them as taking on “the lifeblood or essence of the Lakes”. Williamson has denied being the author of the structures. Williamson told the BBC that the structures are “constructed from big pieces of slate in an arch that frames the landscape, and there were various artists in the past who have created similar works – each one is unique in its own way.”
Many of the structures, including arches, have been spotted by experienced climbers and walkers in the hills. “This one really speaks of the Lake District and of all the traditional crafts, and woven into the natural landscape, so it’s incredibly mysterious,” said Williamson.