Sheep show has all the hallmarks of a Banksy hit-and-run job

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 April, 2008, 12:00am

The hip and cool converged at the Arts Centre on Wednesday for the opening of the Love Art exhibition, which prominently features works by British graffiti phenomenon Banksy.

From the long queues twisting up the stairwell to the fourth-floor Pao Galleries, you might have thought a trendy new nightclub was opening. And once inside, given the large amount of schmoozing and lack of attention being paid to the framed pieces on the walls, you might have wondered how many real art lovers were there.

However, some true Banksy fans paid homage to their underground hero outside the Arts Centre. In the small hours of the night before the opening, several Banksy-style graffiti pieces appeared on a column and the stairwell to the bridge across Harbour Road. One part read 'HK Robs Banksy'.

Equally anti-establishment and Banksy-esque, the stairwell now features an extended panel of numerous sheep following directional arrows. It's very cool and righteously rebellious. Hopefully, the government cleaners won't scrub away this tribute too soon. Who knows, since Banksy is a pseudonym and no one knows what he looks like, perhaps he snuck into town and these works are real.

The exhibition moves to the Schoeni Art Gallery in SoHo on Tuesday.