Guerrilla art ethics.
September 19, 2013 8:52 AM Subscribe
When (if ever) is it appropriate to take a piece of guerrilla art down and keep it?
posted by kaseijin to grab bag (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So this morning this
piece of art showed up on our office property, overlooking a busy morning street. It made our morning!
The artist, as she was installing it, said that it probably would not last long -- people tend to take them quickly. We're situated right near a college campus, and it's also supposed to rain today. We feel kind of like we should take it down and bring it inside... and actually own it! At least before some college frat house grabs it to hang mardi gras beads and a lampshade on.
But here's the thing. The intent of the artist is for it to be seen, right? So is it really better to NOT preserve it, and just leave it out there as long as possible, for more people to see? By taking it down to preserve it, would we end up being the assholes we want to save it from?