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Art aficionados threaten slaughter of non-art cow

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by SinGunChaser, Oct 20, 2004.

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  1. SinGunChaser

    SinGunChaser New Jack

    Joined: Oct 19, 2004 Messages: 41 Likes Received: 0
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish graffiti artists kidnapped a fiber-glass cow from the international art exhibit CowParade, held power drills to its head and threatened to "sacrifice" it unless the sculptures were declared "non-art."

    A video sent to a newspaper showed the cow flanked by two masked, black-clad figures wielding power drills in front of a sign reading "Stockholm's Militant Graffiti Artists." "We demand that the cows are declared non-art. Otherwise the hostage will be sacrificed," said a voice on the video. The group gave the organizers of the Stockholm exhibit till noon on Aug. 23 to comply with their demand. The video was shown to police investigating the cow's disappearance last week from an island housing Stockholm's Modern Art Museum. "We are very upset about the whole matter," said Helena Cederberg, a spokeswoman for CowParade, which is touted as "the world's largest public art event." It has displayed life-size cows decorated by local artists across the world starting with Chicago and New York in 1999. The shows are sponsored by local business and promote the work of professional and amateur local artists. When the show ends, the cows are auctioned and 75 percent of the proceeds go to charity. The Stockholm cows are to be auctioned next month. There are 68 more fiber-glass cows grazing on pavements, squares and in shop-windows all around Stockholm, but Cederberg said: "We're not going to worry just yet about the other cows, we are waiting for information from the police." CowParade is also on show in the Czech capital Prague, Manchester, England and Harrisburg in Pennsylvania. It opens soon in South Africa. Vandalism marred the Prague show, prompting ex-president Vaclav Havel, who decorated one cow, to say: "Maybe some people can't bear to look at anything nice, unusual or ornamental, maybe they can't even bear to look into the mirror."
     
  2. This is so old.
    And they are not Art Afagsinados, they are hardcore militant graffiti artists.
     
  3. SinGunChaser

    SinGunChaser New Jack

    Joined: Oct 19, 2004 Messages: 41 Likes Received: 0
    That was the headline, but as far as I know this is recent, it was published in the most recent paper.
     
  4. There is an old thread about it in 3rd Rail, and its at least several months old.
    Closed.
     
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