Whatever your opinion of Banksy is after watching Exit Through the Gift Shop, you have to admit, this is an interesting idea…

The mysterious street artist has inspired an Australian hotel chain to launch, what some may deem a crazy proposition.

Art Series Hotels are hiding a $15,000 Banksy in one of their Hotels for you to steal. Grab it without getting caught and it’s 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 stenciled 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. 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. No Ball Games will hang from 15 December. Book to stay at Art Series Hotels between 15 Dec and 15 Jan, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for hints on its whereabouts, and let the games begin.”

What a cool example of a company embracing the Barely Legal™ wave. This wave is about boundary stretching and seeing what you can get away with. The Human Truth™ is: “I like to step over the line, but only in short bursts.”™ Art Series Hotels are giving you the chance to be a cat burglar with the possibility of pulling off a big heist -but without the consequences if you get caught red handed.

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