Aspiring art thieves, Ive got good news for you you can legally hone your thievery skills in Melbourne, Australia, at least until January 15. Melbournes Art Series Hotels (the Cullen, the Olsen, and the Blackman, each of which are designed around the work of iconic Australian artists) are about midway through a contest that encourages you to steal the art right off the walls. Well, some of the art, anyway. The hotels are (rather fittingly) currently offering up Pulp Fiction by renowned England-based graffiti artist Banksy, if you can steal it.
The artwork can only be stolen by a pre-paid guest of one of the hotels staying any time through January 15th, and only the Banksy piece is up for theft. The full terms and conditions can be found here, but notable rules include: Be cool. Art thieves are always cool, Look the part- we prefer it if you are wearing black tie or a really stunning frock, and Banksy we really dont want you to steal it. It would just be too twisted so please dont.
So if you find yourself in Melbourne in the next few weeks, go stay at an Art Series Hotel (www.artserieshotels.com.au) and steal a Banksy! Even if you get caught, its still a great story, right?