I came across this cool idea via Stupid Dope.
The Australian Art series hotel has invited its guests to legally steal some Banksy art work worth thousands of $’s and finders keepers! How genius is that? Now you really have to come up with a clever way to get the paintings because they are of course being guarded 24/7. The first painting was successfully “stolen” by Maura Tuohy and her accomplice Megan Aney. Here’s how they pulled it off (via Art series hotels.com)
Maura Tuohy checked into the hotel on Saturday night pretending to be from an Art Series Hotel agency. She claimed she worked with various members of the agency team and told hotel staff that she was asked to drive the painting to another hotel.
Highly suspicious staff asked for a number to phone in order to verify her story. Tuohy provided the number of her accomplice, Megan Aney, who verified the story. After a dozen more questions she then walked the artwork right out of the hotel with the help of the hotel staff, put it in her car, and returned 15 minutes later to brag about her cunning and guile. Excellent work.
The heist was a success and followed several failed attempts by other hotel guests including the hacking of three CCTV cameras focused on the Banksy, a listening device being placed underneath the desk at Reception and guests phoning Reception with housekeeping issues in an attempt to get them to step away from the painting.
A second painting, Banksy’s Pulp Fiction, is up for grabs till the 15th of January.
Such a fun and creative way to involve art fans. According to the Art series hotel website this contest has a bit of a history….
‘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 stencilled around the ‘No Ball Games’ sign on it. The wall was later found on ebay for sale for 20,000 pounds. The lengths some people go to……