On 15 May 2022 acclaimed mountaineer Kenton Cool reached the summit of Mount Everest wearing a piece of art by Teddy McDonald.

 

 

The BBC claimed Teddy had achieved 'The Highest Art on Earth' and while the artist accepted this accolade somewhat tongue in cheek, there is perhaps some truth in the claim given the artwork was atop the head of Kenton Cool.

 

 

For Kenton, this was also a record-breaking moment as he successfully achieved his 16th summit of Everest, the most summits by any non-sherpa.

 

 

The picture above is Kenton's selfie above the clouds at the summit of Mount Everest.

The uniquely hand painted helmet features iconography personal to Kenton including prayer flags, a planet earth, Buddha's eyes and the Buddhist mantra, 'Om Mani Padme Hum' which translates as, 'The Jewel is in the Lotus'.

 

 

According to the Dalai Lama the mantra has the power to transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure body, speech and mind of a Buddha.  It is said that to know this mantra is to attain enlightenment.

 

 

 

With thanks to Kenton Cool & Guy Iliott for the photography.

*Petzl did not supply the helmet for this project.

 

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