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Artist Puts Photos of Himself in Grammy Museum, They Remain for a Month

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Los Angeles-based musician Paz Dylan recently pulled a pretty funny prank on the Grammy Museum in LA. He made a series of informational wall display pieces featuring strange descriptions and photographs of himself eating tacos, and then hung them up on the walls of the museum next to the real pieces. That’s pretty clever, but get this: no one noticed, and the pieces stayed up for a month.

The photograph above is a piece he made for the “Wall of Fame.”

Paz reported on the prank through a Facebook note titled “Thought the Grammy museum could use some redecorating.” He writes,

There were more than 400 nominations for the 2013 Grammys. None of them were for independent / unsigned artists.

The Grammys say they nominate independent artists, but their definition of “independent” includes Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney. The system is broken. Its time for the Grammys to recognize artists for the art they make, not the deals they sign.

Somehow the following pieces made their way into the Los Angeles Grammy Museum. They’ve gone unnoticed for about a month. Enjoy.

Paz was meticulous in his efforts to make his fake pieces look just like the real ones. Unless you look closely and read the descriptions carefully, you might not notice anything is amiss. They’re pretty ridiculous though:

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We’re not sure if the pieces are still up (let us know if you happen to visit the museum anytime soon), but they certainly won’t be once this story becomes widely shared on the Web.

The experiment reminds us a little of another “gallery hijacking” experiment we came across recently. In that one, a couple of guys went to art galleries in London, stuffed orange balls in their mouths, and stood against the walls pretending to be performance art pieces. Many of the museum goers believed the prank, and left the building that day with some pretty strange photos on their cameras and phones:

Anyhow, you can find more of Paz’s Grammy prank over on his Facebook account.


Image credits: Photographs by Paz Dylan


 
  • ThatDCGuy

    Calm thyself. No one cares.

  • Dean Meehan

    He was just “waiting on a mate”

  • Person

    I just read an article about that. I don’t think he actually replaced it – he actually mixed lots of copies of his own CD (in cases made to look like they were for Justin Bieber’s CD) in with the copies of Justin Bieber’s CD that were already there. So not exactly “replacing,” but still definitely misleading. Apparently, it was a performance piece and an April Fool’s Day prank.

  • JMack

    Exactly! Integrity isn’t a ‘thing’ that is destroyable! It’s much like pride and ignorance in that respect….

  • http://bringvictory.com/ WTH is wrong with you people?

    Product placement for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing?

  • http://www.studioelouisville.com/ Shane Elliott

    Has anyone actually witnessed these images on the walls at the Grammy Museum? The real prank is likely that these photos are Photoshopped in to pictures of the museum. That first image appears to be fake. The perspective and sharpness of the image is not consistent. The Paz photo doesn’t sit right. It looks like some mildly sloppy Vanishing Point in PS. But, either way, I guess he got his message out. The source for this story appears to be the guy’s FB page – not the most reliable source.

  • Garry Margolis

    Banksy already did this, but not with images of himself.

  • Namenomnomnom

    No seriously I agree.
    why doesn’t every one?

    BTW, DO YOU OWN SLIGHTLY OVER 4 DOZEN PAIRS OF SUNGLASSES?

  • Namenomnomnom

    I posted a comment to the internet a decade ago.
    Why you all up on my schtick?