I stumbled across this monument in central Reykjavik. Spanish artist Santiago Sierra premiered a giant piece of rock called ‘The Black Cone, Monument To Civil Disobedience’ in front Iceland’s parliament this January (2012). Sierra cracked the rock with a black cone, which “alludes to black cone-shaped hats that condemned persons were forced to wear for humiliation during the Inquisition in the 12th century,” according to a press release. The monument is marked with a plaque bearing a quote from the French Revolution’s Declaration Of The Rights Of Man And Of The Citizen:
"When the government violates the rights of the people, insurrection is for the people and for each portion of the people and the most sacred of rights and the most indispensable of duties."
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen (1793)
Although it was written several centuries ago, it certainly holds merit today.
Don is a former educator and having worked for a Canadian airline, he enjoys travel that is mildly