Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The Art (and Anarchy) of Shopdropping
Shopdropping is a fascinating phenomenon that's appeared in cities around the world. Also known as reverse shoplifting, it involves leaving objects in stores where they're bound to be discovered by other shoppers. Some shopdroppers replace the labels on tin cans with small works of art. (Shown above.) Other shopdroppers leave political messages, inspirational notes or their own CDs or pamphlets.
While I'm not too fond of having other people's politics forced on me, I love the idea of discovering art in random places. If I were to find a can with a beautiful work of art on it--or a secret message inside my egg carton--I think it would probably make my week.
Of course, the world's most famous "shopdropper" is the artist Banksy (whose works have received a great deal of attention on this blog). Some of his most famous stunts have involved hanging his own subversive artwork (above) in museums while the guards aren't watching.
See him in action below!
You can read more about shopdropping here and here.