May 26, 2005

Archaeology Exhibit Punk'd
— Ace

A self-styled "art terrorist" calling himself Bansky slipped this prehistoric rendering of a hunter-gatherer milling down the aisles at Wal-Mart, looking for the on-sale boxes of brontosaurus burgers, into an exhibit at the British Museum.

The faux artifact remained in the exhibit for "quite some time," he says, until he tipped the Museum off by posting about the prank on his website.

Kind of funny, but if my experience is any guide, no one looks very carefully at this shit in museums anyway. You see one rock or sarcophagus and you've pretty much seen them all.

You could slip in an aged VHS copy of Steven Seagall's Hard to Kill among the flints used to hunt prehistoric aurochs and no one would take notice. (Interestingly, no one took any notice of the actual release of Hard to Kill, either.)

If you want to impress me, slip a Rennaissance-style oil painting of the guys from Foghat on to the wall in the Dutch masters section. Then I'll give you big props.

Thanks to LauraW.

Posted by: Ace at 10:52 AM | Comments (18)
Post contains 179 words, total size 1 kb.

1 Interestingly enough, about the only thing a VHS tape of Hard To Kill is useful for is flaying bison flesh from the bone.

Hmmm. I can only wonder how our neolithic ancestors would have used the cave painting to imagine a pool hall fight scene.

Dave at Garfield Ridge

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at May 26, 2005 10:56 AM (rV7Dk)

2 Oh, God. You just reminded me of that horrible "So I'm nothing without my gun and my badge, huh?" dialogue.

Posted by: ace at May 26, 2005 11:00 AM (Q6+G6)

3 didn't you people notice??? this is the original cave painting capturing Fred Flinstone shopping for his brontosaurus burger... ok, so the animal drawn isn't a brontosaurus, but it's Flinstones all right.


Posted by: Alessandra at May 26, 2005 11:08 AM (fNYYe)

4 Link?

Posted by: Bob at May 26, 2005 11:11 AM (lSPur)

5 Sorry, I didn't mean to be traumatic.

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at May 26, 2005 11:22 AM (rV7Dk)

6 That's actually pretty damn funny, and what does the fact that no one noticed tell us?

Posted by: 72 Atrifacts at May 26, 2005 11:30 AM (dhRpo)

7 That most of the people who go to the museum are just hoping to find a nice poster in the gift shop?

Posted by: lauraw at May 26, 2005 12:15 PM (Jzb4+)

8 I thought the 'I'm nothing without my gun and badge" was from Above the Law. Hard to Kill is the one with Kelly LeBrock.

Posted by: morpheus at May 26, 2005 01:04 PM (O9kZt)

9 I just remembered... it was Hard to Kill. I got a little ahead of myself there.

Posted by: morpheus at May 26, 2005 01:05 PM (O9kZt)

10 Actually, I don't think it was from either. I think it was actually from Out for Justice.

Who cares? With the exception of Under Siege, they're all pretty much the same fuckin' movie.

Posted by: ace at May 26, 2005 01:14 PM (Q6+G6)

11 Kind of funny, but if my experience is any guide, no one looks very carefully at this shit in museums anyway.

Oh, I sure do! This was after I noticed that on those Greek vases the guys could twirl plates and balance jugs of wine on their lovely long priapuses. Quite a few other sexual acts depicted, too. :-)

Posted by: at May 26, 2005 02:18 PM (5NHHZ)

12 Hot damn, there really was an animal called an "aurochs." And here I always thought that was just an invention by George R. R. Martin.

Posted by: Beck at May 26, 2005 02:51 PM (ZyH0M)

13 Make that an oil painting of Foghat playing poker.

Posted by: blooch at May 27, 2005 03:38 AM (wqS+7)

Posted by: PiZero at May 27, 2005 05:25 AM (WSjek)

15 Cool how life imitates art at times. I see defacing an authentic rock drawing as a sign of total disrespect for a culture. Okay I'm taking it too serious, but I'm an artist and I actually look at these things. While I think the shopping cart drawing probably does have some merit, GET YOUR OWN ROCK, asshole.

Posted by: vango819" rel="nofollow">ash at May 27, 2005 05:54 AM (CHhQC)

16 Huh? Perhaps I'm naive, but I assumed that this guy didn't draw a shopping cart on an authentic 5,000-year-old drawing. I thought this was a genuine 21st-century rock with a silly drawing taped to the wall.

Posted by: Pompous at May 27, 2005 06:43 AM (pwn6J)

17 The rock itself is also fraudulent.
He planted the whole thing in the exhibit, he did not deface a relic.

Posted by: lauraw at May 27, 2005 06:43 AM (bU5ES)

18 Reminds me of the petroglyphs out here. No one cared about them for years until neighborhoods started moving in and a much needed road is going to shave a bit off the edge of the park. Now the Native American folks are having ceremonies out where we used to hunt birds and rabbits when I was a kid. There are also stories of boy scouts having made some of the ancient drawings, too...

Posted by: mech at May 27, 2005 06:40 PM (c+A+c)

Hide Comments | Add Comment

Comments are disabled. Post is locked.
76kb generated in CPU 0.4, elapsed 4.0075 seconds.
62 queries taking 3.9035 seconds, 254 records returned.
Powered by Minx 1.1.6c-pink.