For the last couple of weeks I have run a ‘quiz’ to see if readers can identify which of 3 posts are true (but weird) news stories and which are hoaxes. Commenting on these posts was, perhaps, a little awkward so I have decided upon a change.
Instead, I will separate the posts over a few days of the week meaning that today there is a single offering –
Art Gallery Exhibit Is A Killer
Guillermo Vargas, a Costa Rican artist, may have been inspired by some of the recent exhibits at art galleries around the world or the display of Dolly the sheep, the first cloned sheep, after her death.
Guillermo found a starving and sick dog on a street corner in Nicaragua. After paying some children to chase and capture him, he then took the dog to an art gallery in Managua where he tied him up. The poor dog died after a day.
Guillermo then added a plaque, proclaiming, “You are what you read”. Reports say that he then added an incense burner with an ounce of marijuana and an amount of crack cocaine in addition to a collection of photos.
Background music for the exhibit was the Sandista national anthem which was played backwards.
Local news reports that Guillermo’s motives for such an exhibit were that he wanted to make an artistic tribute to a fellow Nicaraguan burglar, Nativdad Canda, who had been mauled and killed by two rottweilers who were guarding the property he entered with the intention of ransacking.
In response to criticism of his work, Guillermo said, “I won’t say the dog died. The importance to me is the hypocracy of the people where an animal is the focus of attention where people come to see art but not when it’s in the street starving to death. The same thing happened with poor Natividad Canda. The people sympathized with him only after he was dead.”
Organisations representing animal’s rights are appalled but action against Guillermo may not be forthcoming due to lack of funding and the entrenched Hispanic views that animals do not actually have any rights or entitlement to decent welfare.
Sick TRUTH or tasteless HOAX?
What do you think?