“Borrowdale Banksy” Mystery of Lake District Artwork

 A series of mystery artworks that have appeared in areas of the Lake District has left locals wondering who created them.

One of the creations, thought to be constructed from slate from the local area, shows off spectacular views of the Borrowdale Valley.

A local community centre, the Borrowdale Institute tweeted: “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.”

Carl Halliday, a photographer, took the first picture of one of the structures, which has since garnered a lot of attention online. He 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.”

The Lake District National Park Authority, which manages the area, said that while it was aware of the work, the artist responsible “remains a mystery”.

Sculptor Shawn Williamson who is based in Windermere, described the creations as “taking on the lifeblood or essence of the lakes”, although he is not responsible for the structures.

Williamson told BBC Radio Cumbria: “It’s 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.

“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.”

While the exact location of each structure has not been released as some of the pieces are in hard to reach or inaccessible locations, several works, including slate circles and arches, have been spotted by climbers and walkers in the hills.

“It’s really harnessing old school ways of getting the word around of someone who wants to show us what they can do,” Mr Willamson added.