Will feds sink guerrilla art on Puget Sound?

Will feds sink guerrilla art on Puget Sound?

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“Blakely Rock Man" is a 12-foot tall, 1,500-pound granite sculpture of a person in a yoga pose built by artist Ethan Currier.

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 18 at 10:39 AM

On a volcanic outcrop near Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, a new rock formation stands - a man made rock formation.

“I guess it’s guerrilla art,” said artist Ethan Currier. “I didn't ask for permission.”

He calls it “Blakely Rock Man.” It’s a 12-foot tall, 1,500-pound granite sculpture of a person in a yoga pose built by Currier on Blakely Rock.

“I always forget how big it is,” he said. “It surprises me that I was able to get this thing out here.”

Currier completed the entire project in just 17 days in the cold of December. He floated sections of the sculpture a mile out to the rock with his boat and put it together by hand, all by himself.

"I figured, if I get hurt right now I'm gonna get hurt doing something I'm really happy doing. And that was the best part,” he said.

Blakely Rock is owned by the federal government. President Woodrow Wilson protected it in 1917 in case a light house was ever needed. It's unclear whether Currier is breaking any laws. It's also unclear what, if anything the feds plan to do.

“I don't feel like I'm a criminal for doing this. I haven't stolen anything or hurt anybody. I've made a lot of people smile,” he said.

While no formal complaints have been lodged some worry about the precedent that Currier is setting. A precedent he'd like to see set in stone.

“Somebody commented, ‘It's horrible what he did on that island! What's next, a 50-foot  stone man on Blakely Rock?’ Maybe I should fulfill their request.”

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