The art at Art Series Hotels is not for stealing. But this Summer (Australian Summer,) we’re shifting the goalposts and hiding a Banksy in one of our Hotels for you to steal. The $15,000 masterpiece is one of just a handful of signed and authenticated Banksy’s available in Australia. Find it, as it does the rounds of our hotels, and it could be yours…
’No Ball Games’ is part of a series of historical note. In 2007 a group of bandits removed a section of a wall with an angle grinder because Banksy had stenciled around the ‘No Ball Games’ sign on it. The wall was later found on eBay for sale for £20,000 . The lengths some people go to… Art has a history of theft and heist, one which Melbourne features in. In 1986 Picasso’s Weeping Woman was stolen from the National Gallery of Victoria and held for ransom. It was later found in a locker at Spencer Street Station – ransom unpaid.
Banksy, being Banksy has also done the reverse, and has actually snuck his work into famous galleries to hang alongside more traditional curated art. Now it’s your turn. We want to see if you can steal Banksy. We highly recommend against an angle grinder, but you will need plenty of guile and cunning. Find the art and try and steal it. If you don’t get caught it’s yours to keep. If you do get caught then back up on the wall it goes. Book a stay at Art Series Hotels between December 15, 2011 and January 15, 2012 and try to steal the artwork, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for hints on its whereabouts, and let the games begin.
14 Dec 2011 / 8 notes