Thursday, December 15, 2011

Think you got enough game to steal a Banksy ?

The Challenge

The art at Art Series Hotels is not for stealing. But this Summer, they’re shifting the goalposts and hiding a Banksy in one of their 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 their hotels, and it could be yours...

The Bounty

'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…

Art has a history of theft and heist, one which Melbourne features in. In 1986 Picasso’s Weeping Woman was stolen from the NGV 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.

So now it’s your turn. They want to see if you can steal Banksy. They 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.

No Ball Games will hang from 15 December. Book to stay at Art Series Hotels between 15 Dec and 15 Jan, follow them on Twitter and Facebook for hints on its whereabouts, and let the games begin.

More details HERE

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