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Published:June 8th, 2012 13:19 EST

Hotel In Sweden Offers Free Stay In Exchange For Art Created By Guest

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A hotel in the Swedish capital is offering free stays to guests who donate a piece of self-made art to the facility.

The Clarion Hotel in Stockholm said the art-for-stays scheme was inspired by New York`s Chelsea Hotel, which allowed prominent artists and musicians to stay for free in exchange for their works of art.



New York`s Chelsea Hotel had a very strict definition of an "artist", but the Clarion Hotel has a much more liberal definition: Anyone who who puts their paintings, poetry or other work of art to paper.

I`m afraid a lot of less than honorable folks will doodle something on a napkin and proclaim it "art" for a free stay at the hotel. The Clarion Hotel is going to go bankrupt if they don`t make this a one-week promotion.

The Clarion Hotel is a world-class hotel; I would be ashamed of submitting a work of art for a one-day stay at a Super Eight motel.

The marketing manager for the Clarion Hotel said "Who are we to be judgmental about art?" I know that when it comes to art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the manager better be a little bit judgmental if he wants to stay in business.

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