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Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Art Object Prank
Small, round, orange stickers are appearing on objects all over downtown Appleton, Wisconsin. The stickers are stamped with the phrase "art object" and a price (ranging from one cent to $10,000). They're appearing on park benches, fire hydrants, store windows, etc. No one seems to know who's responsible for the stickers or what their purpose is. From the Appleton Post-Crescent:

Police Lt. Steve Elliott said putting stickers on public or private objects without the owner's consent falls under the same local ordinances governing graffiti. "Definitely, it is against city ordinances. If we were to see someone doing it, we would cite them under the graffiti laws," Elliott said Friday...

"They are also supposed to clean up the stickers and residue or pay for the cleanup," Totzke said. Elliott said police have not received eyewitness reports of people placing the stickers.
Categories: Art, Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2008
Comments (2)
G'ah any one that has ever bought art knows what the significance is. When you buy a work at a gallery, you put a dot next to the piece to indicate its sold. ie everything that is tagged is art. Quite post modern (almost retro now) as a prank.
Posted by Grant  on  Tue Aug 19, 2008  at  09:54 AM
Or an advertising campaign. I caught the end of an advertisement that featured two people (a man and a woman) putting similar stickers on things.

I can't remember what it's for; I'll try to catch that ad next time it's on.
Posted by Hugo  on  Sun Aug 24, 2008  at  12:35 AM
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