The artist who dyed this Icelandic geyser pink last spring faces a fine.
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Geyser: ©Marco Evaristti via Facebook;
Marco Evaristti
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Problem in Pink
Controversy erupts when an artist dyes a geyser pink

What happens when you pour red food coloring into a geyser? Last spring, Chilean-born Danish artist Marco Evaristti (MAR-koh EH-fah-ree-stee) found out. The artist poured more than a gallon of red fruit-based dye into an active geyser in Iceland. The hot spring erupted bright-pink water and steam. This was the fifth time the artist has dyed a natural landscape pink as part of a series of works called Pink State.

Evaristti did not ask for permission before beginning the project. Local landowners were enraged, calling the stunt disrespectful and arrogant. Police arrested the artist and issued him a $770 fine for violating Iceland’s Nature Protection Act.

“This is not art. It’s vandalism,” a landowner told reporters. He explained that Iceland’s environment is delicate and needs to be protected, not decorated.

Evaristti claims that the food dye he used was natural and harmless and that the geyser was back to its normal state later the same day. But many locals fear that residue from the food coloring could remain in the ground around the geyser for a long time.

The artist did have a few Icelandic supporters who called the work beautiful and thought-provoking. One woman remarked, “I wish that people would act this way when some of the big companies and governments are truly ruining our nature!”

Despite being arrested and fined, the artist believes he has done no harm. “Nature belongs to no one. I believe in freedom of speech,” he explains. “I decorate nature because I love it.”

Evaristti refused to pay the fine and left the country. He intends to fight the decision in court.

What do you think? Were the authorities justified in issuing Evaristti a fine? Why or why not?

CRAFT AN ARGUMENT
1. Why does Marco Evaristti consider this project a work of art?
2. Why are local authorities and landowners upset by Evaristti’s project?
3. Is the fine Evaristti faces justified?


I agree that this was vandalism, not art. If he wanted to make a painting, photo, or digital creation and turn that pink, it would have been art. He doesn't understand the longterm dangers of what he did. Food coloring is toxic to some of us, and possibly to animals in the area as well.
Posted by: Jane T. | August 26, 2015 at 2:27 PM
1. Art can come in all shapes and sizes. This really is a beautiful form of art. He changed something that was cool into something that is magnificent. You don't have to do a lot to make art. 2. People are mad because they think that it should be kept natural. 3.He should no mess with nature so yes it is.
Posted by: Max H. | September 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM
He thinks this is a work of art because he can color the world any way he wants. Because they think the food coloring will affect the geyser. NO.
Posted by: Bailey . | September 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM
I think he considers it art because in a way, it was. Art is anything you can do to be creative, and he was pretty creative pouring more than a gallon of pink dye into a geyser. He should've asked for permission before performing this experiment because it could effect the area around the geyser in the long run. I think the fine was justified, but it shouldn't have been so much money. In a nut shell, I think most of the punishment was justified because he didn't have permission, but it was truly artwork because he was super creative with what he did.
Posted by: Brinan B. | September 1, 2015 at 2:16 PM
I think that he should be able to decorate nature. He has free will and there is no law against it. He should be able to express his love for art in any way he wants. If he likes those things and that is his passion, the he should be able to express himself. It would be really cool to see on of his projects.
Posted by: Kayden G. | September 1, 2015 at 2:16 PM
He thinks this is a work of art because he made nature colorful! He colored the hot spring and when it erupted, bright pink water and steam came out. The landowners and local authorities are upset because he didn't ask them if he could do it he just went right along with it. Yes, I think it is justified, because if he would of just asked he wouldn't of gotten fined, but he didn't he just thought to himself about it and asked he wouldn't of been in trouble.
Posted by: Megan L. | September 1, 2015 at 2:17 PM
I have to agree that it was really cool, but I don't think he should have done this because it could have hurt the ecosystem. He should have at least gotten landowner permission.
Posted by: Brock L. | September 1, 2015 at 2:17 PM
At first that is really cool to do that but, when you do have permission thats pretty bad. I think that he was not thinking because him doing that is just ruing a geyser sort of, so hopefully that that geyser won't be shooting out pink water.
Posted by: Tyler K. | September 1, 2015 at 2:17 PM
When you pour red food coloring into a Geyser it explodes! No one knew until a Chilean-born Danish artist named Marco Evaristti found out. The artist poured more than a gallon of die on the active Geyser. It erupted into a "pretty pink." Marco didn't ask for permission to do his "experiment." People were very unhappy, even the police so they arrested the artist, and charged him $770 for vandalism. People were very mad for ruining the Nature Protection Act in Iceland. Landowners were complaining to reporters saying "this is no protecting this is just ruining it." Evaristti was saying that the die he had used to do his "experiment" was not harmless it was totally safe. Many many people were very upset, and mad, and saying "why ruin something that we need, and why not runin something that is not helpful for us?" Ecaristti didn't belive that he done was that much of a harm it wasn't supposed to turn out that way. He also said that he was decorating the nature because he truly loves it. He refused to pay his fine, and he left the county, and intends to fight the decision of the court. I think that they gave him the fine, because he should have tested it on something smaller no to big that everyone needs!He proably considers it art because most artist go with their art, and that he thinks that it is pretty!Becuase they runined something that they needed protected not runined, and landowners that it was just unhelpless! He doesn't feel its justified!
Posted by: Tejanna H. | September 1, 2015 at 2:19 PM
I think he shouldn't fight this because it's cool what he did, but you don't really need to do that without the permission with the state, he should pay that fine because if he didn't knw what he was putting in there then he could have easily harmed the environment
Posted by: J.T. S. | September 1, 2015 at 2:19 PM
I think that the fines are a little crazy, but I think he still should apologize to the owner and pay the fines. He should also be fined for trespassing.
Posted by: Brock L. | September 2, 2015 at 2:10 PM
I think that he considers this project as a work of art because he is making something beautiful for people to see. He uses his imagination to create amazing things. People are upset because they think that what he is doing is vandalism. They think that the dye will stay in the geyser and the water will always be pink. I don't think that Evaristti should have to pay for what he did because he knew that the dye was natural and harmless. He was just doing what he loved, and that was art.
Posted by: Kayden G. | September 2, 2015 at 2:10 PM
the thing he did to make the gueser pink was cool and it douse not matter what he did he wanted to make the gyser look cool so he did he should not get arested for something as cool as that and harmless too
Posted by: brenna l. | September 2, 2015 at 2:10 PM
1.because it does not pollute the air and it looks cool 2.they said it is desrespectful and arrogant 3.no he sould not pay that fine he was using natural dye.
Posted by: GavinE . | September 2, 2015 at 2:11 PM
There are so many ways to do Art. There really isn't a wrong way. Art is made art by how people look at it. If people don't like it it's not art to them, but Marco Evaristti likes and is proud of what he has done. To him and many other people this is art. People are upset about this because they think it is ruining their geyser. When really it isn't ruining it but making it so much better and more beautiful. I don't think that he should be fined because he harmed nothing. Nothing is ruined. Soon enough if it isn't already the geyser will be good as new. It will be back to it's original form. No harm no foul.
Posted by: Riley W. | September 2, 2015 at 2:12 PM
1. Because nature belongs to know one and he decorates nature because he loves it. 2.Many locals fear that residue from the food coloring could remain in the ground around the geyser for a very long time and not go away. 3. No because he has a freedom of speech and it is not harming anyone.
Posted by: Scotlyn C. | September 2, 2015 at 2:12 PM
I think that he should have been in trouble. 1 because he could hurt the environment. 2 He could make it so there was a defect with the geyser to were it wouldn't explode. 3 he knew it was illegal so why would he do it in the first place.
Posted by: Mercdes E. | September 2, 2015 at 2:12 PM
I honestly think that, he calls it a work of art because he likes the way that it spreads. He's an artist and he loves to do art anywhere! The land owners are upset because he went on there property. Even though he says nature belongs to know one, he's right, what he did was still on there property. He should pay the fine. He shouldn't have been arrested. He should also give the owners an apology. That's my case!
Posted by: Lexy J. | September 2, 2015 at 2:13 PM
1. I think that he considers it a work of art because he put dye into an active geyser and when it erupted it made a cool pink art design all around it. 2. The local people were not happy about his experiment because they thought the dye would affect the environment and it would be that way for too long. 3. He should not have did that to the Geyser and he didn't ask/tell anyone he was going to do that ,so yes.
Posted by: Gavin M. | September 2, 2015 at 2:13 PM
1.He thinks this is art because the colored water was his paint and the ground was the canvas. 2.People are upset about this because the food coloring could harm the environment. 3.I think that what he did was just fine an there is no need fore a fine.
Posted by: Victor B. | September 2, 2015 at 2:13 PM
I think that what he did was something that brought something new into the town, and I'm sure the most of the people there would agree too. He should stand his ground and not let anyone tell him that he should pay. He even used a natural type of dye! I mean seriously, he was just trying to get something new into the natural town, and catch some people's eyes! I think that if anyone should get into trouble, it should be the people who thought that it was dumb. If anything, people should be laughing at this, not worrying about what will happen afterwards! If anything does happen to the geyser, or the ground near it, THAT is the time to start bringing people to court, and worrying about what would happen next, and how to fix it, but for now, laugh! I mean, I doubt that some people didn't start laughing, or at least smile for seeing this page, or reading it somewhere! If anything, I think he should keep doing stuff like this, put fun into nature, but keep using the natural type of materials!
Posted by: Anna S. | September 2, 2015 at 2:14 PM
1.He did not even ask to put red food coloring in the geyser. 2. because he put food coloring in the geyser cause when it erupted it got food coloring all around the geyser so that mean the food coloring didn't go away it stayed on the ground. 3. because he harmed the natural enviorment
Posted by: Kale M. | September 2, 2015 at 2:15 PM
I like this how it talks about this big pink explosion and i think that this big pink explosion looks really cool to look at and everything. People are upset about this because the food coloring could harm the environment.
Posted by: Chaise Z. | September 3, 2015 at 1:56 PM
He considers this project a work of art because he colored nature. He put a gallon of pink dye in the gyser and made it prettier. When it erupted it was a pink! Pink smoke and hot spring water. The landowners and authorities are upset because he didn't ask if he could do that. He wouldn't of been in trouble if had just of asked. But, if he asked and they said no, than he wouldn't of been able to do it. So, I can see why he wouldn't of asked. Yes, I think the fine is justified. Like I said, if he would of asked he wouldn't of been fined.
Posted by: Megan L. | September 3, 2015 at 1:56 PM
1. He thinks this is art because the pink would be like the paint, just like if he was painting a picture. 2. People are upset because the dye that he put in there was probably not healthy for the environment. My guess is that is probably made a lot of other things pink not just that. 3. I would answer this as both yes/no, because it can go both ways, because he didn't ask to do that, I don't know if you have to ask to do that though. Then it could be yes because he thought it was for art, and thats what he does for art.
Posted by: Cedrick D. | September 3, 2015 at 1:57 PM
I think Marco Evaristti considered it art because of the way It erupts but you can see it more clearly because of the die. Also the ways it comes back down on the ground. The local authorities and land owners are probably mad because he did not ask for permission and it could of destroyed the hot spring. I think the fine Evaristti faces is good because he should ask before doing something destructive.
Posted by: Kaycee D. | September 3, 2015 at 1:57 PM
1.Because it was different and it was beautiful. I think it was art and he did not ruin anything. 2. I think there upset because it was the fifth time for a artist to dye natural landscape pink. I think they were getting tried of it happening to the natural landscape. I would get tried of it too. So I see where the police and the people are going with this. 3. kinda because he was show how good he was as a artist. I think he should paid the fine because he did not ask to do it at all that is disrespectful! I would ask and if they said noI would been fine with that and if they said yes I would do and the dye would not be harmful thought first.
Posted by: Marissa A. | September 3, 2015 at 1:58 PM
I think that he should have asked to put the red food die in the geyser. I also have a flip side, why would it be such a big deal to put red food die in the geyser. He is just expressing art in a different way. It's not like he is polluted the earth. The color will disappear from the ground. I don't think he should have got the fine. Its looks awesome with the colored geysers. Why not try art in a different way.
Posted by: Logan K. | September 3, 2015 at 1:59 PM
I think that he should have asked to put the red food die in the geyser. I also have a flip side, why would it be such a big deal to put red food die in the geyser. He is just expressing art in a different way. It's not like he is polluted the earth. The color will disappear from the ground. I don't think he should have got the fine. Its looks awesome with the colored geysers. Why not try art in a different way.
Posted by: Logan K. | September 14, 2015 at 1:28 PM
Im not sure how i feel. He should have asked but, he should not have been fined ether.
Posted by: Evangeline B. | September 14, 2015 at 1:28 PM
I think that the artist was doing no harm if he was using natural things that could of happened in nature. I understand that people might be worried about there nature. I think that corlorful things are nicer than plain. I think he had an inspiration and he wanted to do art in a different way. I don't think he hurt the enviroment.
Posted by: Mackenzy R. | September 14, 2015 at 1:29 PM
I believe it was art because art comes in many forms, his is just one form. I believe they are upset because they generally believe what he did was wrong. The fines he face aren't fair because all of the effects were gone within the same day, and the residue wont matter because it was non-toxic.
Posted by: Ella L. | September 14, 2015 at 1:29 PM
I think that although it was pretty and the dye was fruit-based, he shouldn't have done it. It's not his property and he didn't ask the owner's permission. Iceland also has a environmental protection policy and I think he most likely violated that policy, so he definitely deserved the fine. He wouldn't have gotten into so much trouble if he would've just asked.
Posted by: Haleigh B. | September 14, 2015 at 1:29 PM
I get why they would be mad because he hasn't asked but I think the police over reacted considering its all natural food coloring it didn't harm anything, the food coloring would go away shortly after.
Posted by: Haley D. | September 14, 2015 at 1:29 PM
I don't think Marco should have been arrested and fined because one he used natural food dye. Second he it only lasted a couple hours after he had put it in the spring. Even if it it will leave residue for a long time then clean it up if its such a big problem.
Posted by: Ryan C. | September 14, 2015 at 1:30 PM
I think that what he had done was very cool and very creative for an artist. The only thing I don't think was right that he left the country with out paying a fine. He should have payed. I think he has a right to go to court to fight for his art because art is a beautiful thing. Art is something that should be fought, but doing it in a respectful way.
Posted by: Olivia L. | September 14, 2015 at 1:30 PM
i feel like its beautiful what he did but i don't like how he left and didnt pay
Posted by: holly H. | September 14, 2015 at 1:30 PM
I think that he can do whatever he wants and its not like he hurt the world I agree that he should of asked but he shouldn't get fined. Its buetful.
Posted by: andrew h. | September 14, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Marco considered the project work of art because it was some sort of a big company. The local authorities and the landowners are upset because they did not like Marco's project of pink geysers. Yes the fine faces justified.
Posted by: Annie H. | September 14, 2015 at 1:30 PM
I don't think there is that much of a big deal about this. Yes he did vandalize the area, but he did no harm. The food coloring will eventually go away from the ground. The article even said that the food coloring went away from the geyser shortly after. I do agree that there should be some type of punishment. Since, it's not his property and he vandalized the geyser.
Posted by: Leigha C. | September 14, 2015 at 1:31 PM
I think that he should be abul to do that.It don't harm eney thing my and stop being in few hours.
Posted by: jack . | September 14, 2015 at 1:31 PM
I think what Marco did was a work of art, but the way he went about it doing it was not the right way to do it. He should have asked permission from the locals, and then with their approval, go ahead and do it. I think it was a misunderstanding and if the locals and Police knew about it before hand and how it wouldn't do any harm, that this would not be an issue.
Posted by: Nina S. | September 14, 2015 at 1:31 PM
1. He considers it a work of art bcause it looks really pretty. 2. They are upset because they think itds vandelism. 3.I don't think he should be punished because the dye will be cleared a couple of weeks anyway.
Posted by: Gabe M. | September 14, 2015 at 1:31 PM
I think he should be able to do whatever he wants we live in a free word and that is beautiful work of art he should be able to do it!!! There is no harm in it and I think it's beautiful!!!!
Posted by: Carlie J. | September 14, 2015 at 1:32 PM
I think he deserves a punishment we do not let people get away with graffiti and we should let him inspire more people to do the same.
Posted by: JackH . | September 14, 2015 at 1:32 PM
I think that he should have asked permission, but its also a very cool idea.
Posted by: Brandy S. | September 14, 2015 at 1:32 PM
I think that it is unfair of the people of that town to fine that man for changing the color of water. Nature belongs to no one in particular so if he used a non toxic natural food coloring then there is no harm in changing the color of water for a short period of time, especially if the water is not being consumed by others.
Posted by: Travis K. | September 14, 2015 at 1:32 PM
I think that Marco Evaristte Should have gotten permission from the people in charge at the geyser in Iceland. He also refused to pay the fine and left the country which showed me that he knew it was illegal.
Posted by: Mikaela S. | September 14, 2015 at 1:32 PM
I don't think it was that big of a deal because companies can ruin landscapes and get away with it but when an artist does something he believes is art, it's a huge deal. It was fruit based dye, it wasn't harmful to the earth. But he also should have asked first.
Posted by: Hailey A. | September 14, 2015 at 1:32 PM
I think that this man should have asked permission before he violated the geyser. He had no scientific prof that the food dye would not harm the geyser. I also think that he should have got fined more and sentences to a year in jail.
Posted by: Madison S. | September 14, 2015 at 1:33 PM
We think he was disrespectful by coloring the geyser. He should just pay the fine and call it a day instead of fleeing the country. He was trespassing on the land and should have asked permission before he colored it. But then again it was just water and doesn't really matter but he should still ask permission before you go and color a geyser. He just made the geyser look pretty and like a fountain.
Posted by: Kendall W. | September 14, 2015 at 1:33 PM
I think what he was doing would have been fine if he had asked. He did not ask therefore he had no right to color the geyser.
Posted by: Hannah W. | September 14, 2015 at 1:33 PM
i think this is beautiful, but i do not think its art.
Posted by: haley h. | September 14, 2015 at 1:33 PM
1. It is art because it was normal but he turned it not normal and dyed it. 2. Because they think it will pollute nature. 3. He should not have to pay the fine because he was making nature more enjoyable
Posted by: KashtonM . | September 14, 2015 at 1:33 PM
I think this form of art was beautiful, he was using harmless dye, so i believe its not that big of a deal, because he's not polluting anything, so i don't think he should have got the fine, in m opinion it looks beautiful.
Posted by: Courtney K. | September 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM
Why cant it be orange not pink ;)
Posted by: Dominic P. | September 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM
Evaristti thinks this is a work of art because, he believes that the land belongs to no one and he thought that is what he should do. 1 He did not ask for permission and 2 they thought the food coloring would leave residue. Yes he did not have the right to do it.
Posted by: Dacia S. | September 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM
The art that he did was very creative! But, he should of asked before he put the dye in the geyser. Art is anything you want it to be. Evaristti considered this project as his own art. He was fined, but the art was cool. The locals and authorities are possibly upset because the geyser is a part of nature. No.
Posted by: Abby S. | September 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM
Red will come out of the geyser because but is might be not clear water their is more water then food coloring.
Posted by: chanc s. | September 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM
Because he didn't have permission and the ploice arrested the arrtist and issued him a $700 fine. They thought it was disrespectful and arrogant. No because he didn't pay his fine and left the country.
Posted by: Karli T. | September 14, 2015 at 1:35 PM
Because he made the geyser turn there color pink. To see if it works. It is $770 dollars.
Posted by: Amber M. | September 14, 2015 at 1:35 PM
I don't think that is vandalism because it is actually really cool! It would be cool to see! I think vandalism is spray paint and things like that, not dyeing geysers. It's not right, but its not wrong either
Posted by: Gigi D. | September 14, 2015 at 1:35 PM
I think that the pink geyser is really cool and it is a big company marco considered this as a work of art cause of the color
Posted by: Annie H. | September 14, 2015 at 1:35 PM
1) He thinks its art because he is making it turn pink 2) Because the geysers are ancient 3) No, because the geysers are ancient so he should leave them alone
Posted by: Dusty B. | September 14, 2015 at 1:35 PM
He believes it is a work of art because it was beautiful and if people didn't like it it wasn't there for very long. It didn't harm anything and was beautiful.People are upset because he did not ask for permission but nature is a free place. They also thought it was dis respectful and arrogant.No because there is no good reason he used harmless food coloring and if there is any residue all it will do is make it a little pink for a little while.
Posted by: Carlie J. | September 14, 2015 at 1:35 PM
1.Because it is pink like paint 2.Because that Icelands environment is deicate 3.Yes
Posted by: Aidan G. | September 14, 2015 at 1:35 PM
Because it was in the glaciers and it was something that know one owned. They think that bits of the coloring will seep into the ground. No he had the right to do that know one owns it so he can do what he wants.
Posted by: Riley M. | September 14, 2015 at 1:36 PM
1. He dyes landscapes and calls it "Pink State." 2. They were worried that it might stay in the ground around the geyser. 3. Well I mean it's vandalism of a natural land scape, but it did go back to the way it was before, so, in a way, it's a no.
Posted by: James B. | September 14, 2015 at 1:36 PM
We think that the idea of the food coloring is correct, but we don't believe that he should have gotten arrested.
Posted by: V. L. | September 14, 2015 at 1:38 PM
I think that this isn't a problem because its not doing harm.
Posted by: Jesse B. | September 14, 2015 at 1:38 PM
I think it is fine because it has nothing to do with injuring people. Also he shouldn't be fined because I don't think it is illegal
Posted by: Matthew D. | September 16, 2015 at 1:44 PM
he has the right because he didn't harm anyone and it was an experiment. this happens all the time but he gets punished for it.
Posted by: Jaime A. | September 24, 2015 at 1:44 PM
i think this artest is cool and does fun things
Posted by: bryce.t . | September 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM
It should not be no problem because he is just trying to make art.
Posted by: Freddy T. | September 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM
I think that its not vandalism because he is doing something that he loves to do and I feel that he is expressing his own feelings.
Posted by: Emmely F. | September 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM
I think he does not have the right to go around the world and spray random "things" pink. He even spray painted a living animal!!!!
Posted by: Dylon L. | September 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM
He didn't harm a single thing. He used paint that wouldn't affect the land and the paint he used is harmless against people as well. So people need to chill out this is ART not vandalism.
Posted by: Seth W. | September 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM
I think the "Problem In Pink" is cool because, I love the color pink and its fun to watch it explode. Also, there are many things you can do it on like a snow mountain, in a desert, and you can spray the camel.
Posted by: Sadie J. | September 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM
I feel this is great use of color and a great peace of art .
Posted by: Chelsea V. | September 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM
i think that this is not vandalism because this is art for sure because is beautiful and if other don't think so they are wrong
Posted by: Austin.b . | September 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM
i think the art looks good because some people like the color pink
Posted by: makalah . | September 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM
He's a good landscape artist
Posted by: Ethan h. | September 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM
Why did you paint animals and random things.
Posted by: chris S. | September 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM
I think that what Marco Evaristti is doing is art. I think that it is art because art is something that someone creates that is new, exciting, interesting, and draws peoples attention. He put pink organic food dye in a geyser to make it explode pink water. I don't understand why people reported him and called the police. It was just art didn't harm the environment. I think that what he is doing is trying to show the world the harmful effects we have. Like i think he sprayed the glacier is because he was trying to tell us that the Earth is heating up and the glaciers are melting..
Posted by: Kali F. | September 30, 2015 at 3:26 PM
Evaristti is not doing any harm to anyone or anything since he is using non-toxic dyes, In my opinion art is a way to express your mind threw a canvas and a canvas can be anything you desire.
Posted by: natalie s. | September 30, 2015 at 3:26 PM
I think that what marco is doing is not art. i think this because he is vandalizing everything he touches with his dye. it may be something that is killing nature, he may hate nature and not love it.
Posted by: Colin C. | September 30, 2015 at 3:26 PM
I think this is art because he really goes and does this
Posted by: austin.b . | September 30, 2015 at 3:26 PM
I think this form of art was beautiful, he was using harmless dye, so i believe its not that big of a deal, because he's not polluting anything, so i don't think he should have got the fine, in m opinion it looks beautiful. But i think he should've asked permission
Posted by: Courtney K. | October 29, 2015 at 2:12 PM
If he really has the right to "just go and does this", austin.b. then I have the right to go and break the law. It's just that bad. And quoting Kayden G.,"He has free will and there is no law against it". There is no law against it, but there is a law about vandalizing others' property.
Posted by: Jerry B. | October 29, 2015 at 2:13 PM
In my opinion I think they ranger or land owner should have let him do this it would have and is no harm. The color is just die powder which is used in many places. I have used it before at church and scouts. IF anything this is probably the best way to do something like this.
Posted by: Alex A. | October 30, 2015 at 2:13 PM
I think he should have to pay for what they have done
Posted by: ruston r. | October 30, 2015 at 2:13 PM
I think he should pay the fine because he made art out of somebody property without permission if anything he should pay more he could of ruined the geyser.
Posted by: james g. | October 30, 2015 at 2:13 PM
I think he shouldn't fight this because it's cool what he did, but you don't really need to do that without the permission with the state, he should pay that fine because if he didn't knw what he was putting in there then he could have easily harmed the environment
Posted by: J.T. S. | November 3, 2015 at 3:42 PM
I think that he considers this project as a work of art because he is making something beautiful for people to see. He uses his imagination to create amazing things. People are upset because they think that what he is doing is vandalism. They think that the dye will stay in the geyser and the water will always be pink. I don't think that Evaristti should have to pay for what he did because he knew that the dye was natural and harmless. He was just doing what he loved, and that was art.
Posted by: Kayden G. | November 3, 2015 at 3:42 PM
1.He did not even ask to put red food coloring in the geyser. 2. because he put food coloring in the geyser cause when it erupted it got food coloring all around the geyser so that mean the food coloring didn't go away it stayed on the ground. 3. because he harmed the natural enviorment
Posted by: Kale M. | November 3, 2015 at 3:42 PM
He thinks that it is a work of art because he made something beautiful. Authorities are upset because they didn't want the dye to stay in the geyser and always be pink. They thought that what he did was vandalism. I don't think that he shoud have to pay the find because he was just doing what he loves.
Posted by: Kayden G. | November 3, 2015 at 3:42 PM
There are so many ways to do Art. There really isn't a wrong way. Art is made art by how people look at it. If people don't like it it's not art to them, but Marco Evaristti likes and is proud of what he has done. To him and many other people this is art. People are upset about this because they think it is ruining their geyser. When really it isn't ruining it but making it so much better and more beautiful. I don't think that he should be fined because he harmed nothing. Nothing is ruined. Soon enough if it isn't already the geyser will be good as new. It will be back to it's original form. No harm no foul.
Posted by: Riley W. | November 3, 2015 at 3:43 PM
I think that he should have been in trouble. 1 because he could hurt the environment. 2 He could make it so there was a defect with the geyser to were it wouldn't explode. 3 he knew it was illegal so why would he do it in the first place.
Posted by: Mercdes E. | November 3, 2015 at 3:45 PM
1. I think that he considers it a work of art because he put dye into an active geyser and when it erupted it made a cool pink art design all around it. 2. The local people were not happy about his experiment because they thought the dye would affect the environment and it would be that way for too long. 3. He should not have did that to the Geyser and he didn't ask/tell anyone he was going to do that ,so yes.
Posted by: Gavin M. | November 3, 2015 at 3:45 PM
1.He did not even ask to put red food coloring in the geyser. 2. because he put food coloring in the geyser cause when it erupted it got food coloring all around the geyser so that mean the food coloring didn't go away it stayed on the ground. 3. because he harmed the natural enviorment
Posted by: Kale M. | November 3, 2015 at 3:45 PM
I think that he should have asked to put the red food die in the geyser. I also have a flip side, why would it be such a big deal to put red food die in the geyser. He is just expressing art in a different way. It's not like he is polluted the earth. The color will disappear from the ground. I don't think he should have got the fine. Its looks awesome with the colored geysers. Why not try art in a different way.
Posted by: Logan K. | November 3, 2015 at 3:47 PM
I think that this isn't a problem because its not doing harm.
Posted by: Jesse B. | November 3, 2015 at 3:47 PM
Posted by: isabell g. | November 3, 2015 at 3:47 PM
I think that although it was pretty and the dye was fruit-based, he shouldn't have done it. It's not his property and he didn't ask the owner's permission. Iceland also has a environmental protection policy and I think he most likely violated that policy, so he definitely deserved the fine. He wouldn't have gotten into so much trouble if he would've just asked.
Posted by: Haleigh B. | November 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM
We think that the idea of the food coloring is correct, but we don't believe that he should have gotten arrested.
Posted by: V. L. | November 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM
1. He considers it a work of art bcause it looks really pretty, and it is colorful. 2. They are upset because they think it's vandalism. 3.I don't think he should be punished because the dye will be cleared a couple of weeks anyway.
Posted by: Gabe M. | November 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM
I think that he should have asked permission, but its also a very cool idea.
Posted by: Brandy S. | November 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM
I think that Marco Evaristte Should have gotten permission from the people in charge at the geyser in Iceland. He also refused to pay the fine and left the country which showed me that he knew it was illegal.
Posted by: Mikaela S. | November 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM
I agree that this was vandalizim but if he would of asked I feel like this would've been fine.
Posted by: Batman . | November 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM
I think this form of art was beautiful, he was using harmless dye, so i believe its not that big of a deal, because he's not polluting anything, so i don't think he should have got the fine, in m opinion it looks beautiful.
Posted by: Courtney K. | November 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM
I think he should have to pay because he never asked permission to put pink food coloring in a national land mark and it probly ruin the geyser.
Posted by: austin w. | November 3, 2015 at 3:49 PM
they shouldn't shouldn't get so mad i mean if its non toxic or it doesn't bother the fish people should really chill out he didn't mean to he was working on a peace of art and he messed up it happens that the deal with the devil if you become an artist you also make mistakes people should now that for scour because we the people mess u all the time.
Posted by: kristofer b. | November 3, 2015 at 3:49 PM
The people shouldn't have gotten mad at him he new it wouldn't do anything to the environment so he shouldn't have went to jail.
Posted by: Michael J. | November 3, 2015 at 3:50 PM
they shouldn't shouldn't get so mad i mean if its non toxic or it doesn't bother the fish people should really chill out he didn't mean to he was working on a peace of art and he messed up it happens that the deal with the devil if you become an artist you also make mistakes people should now that for scour because we the people mess u all the time.
Posted by: kristofer b. | November 3, 2015 at 3:50 PM
yes I think he should pay the fine because didn't ask for permission to die a geyser pink. He could have really ruined ruined the geyser.
Posted by: haley . | November 3, 2015 at 3:50 PM
I think that he considers this project as a work of art because he is making something beautiful for people to see. He uses his imagination to create amazing things. People are upset because they think that what he is doing is vandalism. They think that the dye will stay in the geyser and the water will always be pink. I don't think that Evaristti should have to pay for what he did because he knew that the dye was natural and harmless. He was just doing what he loved, and that was art.
Posted by: Kayden G. | December 1, 2015 at 8:51 PM
I think that Marco Evaristte Should have gotten permission from the people in charge at the geyser in Iceland. He also refused to pay the fine and left the country which showed me that he knew it was illegal.
Posted by: Mikaela S. | December 1, 2015 at 8:51 PM
What he did was interesting and could cost a problem but, I do not think he should pay a fine!!
Posted by: Elen S. | December 1, 2015 at 8:51 PM

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