Who is Borrowdale Banksy? Hunt is on for mystery Lake District artist
20th May 2021

Who is the Borrowdale Banksy? Hunt is on for mystery Lake District artist who has stunned locals with these amazing slate sculptures

  • Artist has been compared to Banksy as it is unclear who is behind the sculptures
  • One piece near Borrowdale Valley thought to have been made from local slate 
  • The circular formation was first spotted by Carl Halliday at the beginning of May
  • ** Do you know the mystery artist? Email [email protected] ** 

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The hunt is on for a mysterious artist who has stunned locals in the Lake District with amazing slate sculptures.

One circular structure, which frames the Borrowdale Valley, is believed to have been made from local slate and created by a ‘very talented and patient individual’.

The artist has been compared to Banksy by the local village hall because it is unclear who is behind the structures. A number of hikers have shared images online after spotting them while out walking.

Carl Halliday, who runs a mountaineering business in the area, first spotted the circular formation at the beginning of May.

The 50-year-old from Alnwick, Northumberland, said: ‘I usually have mixed feelings about man-made structures like this in a natural setting – as climbers, we practise a minimal impact approach. But I have to say that this was different.

‘It seemed sensitive to the existing environment and complemented the already stunning views.

One circular structure (pictured above), which frames the Borrowdale Valley, is believed to have been made from local slate and created by a ‘very talented [and] patient individual’

An archway structure which has appeared in the Lake District, pictured above. A number of hikers have shared images online after spotting them while out walking

‘It seemed to be constructed from local slate and, after all, the fells aren’t completely natural – with dry stone walls stretching for miles.’

Mr Halliday said he was impressed with the way the structure blended with its surroundings ‘despite being a new and man-made piece of art’.

The professional mountaineering instructor added: ‘Because it’s located high on a mountain crag, I’ve purposely been a little vague with people about its exact location.

‘Although it would be possible to access it from above, and without climbing the long rock route that we climbed first, I wouldn’t want to be the person responsible for encouraging walkers and general visitors to seek it out.

The artist has been compared to Banksy by the local village hall (tweet above) because it is unclear who is behind the slate structures 

‘The steep ground around the stone circle, even if not climbing up to it, is technical, and for non-mountaineers, it wouldn’t be appropriate.’

The local village hall, the Borrowdale Institute, said on Twitter: ‘Do we have our very own #Banksy in Borrowdale?

‘These works of art are turning up on fells and Crags all around here, not sure how many there are, a very talented patient individual has been very busy in lockdown.

‘Whoever you/they are please carry on, we want more.’

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