June 8th, 2012 13:19 EST
Hotel In Sweden Offers Free Stay In Exchange For Art Created By Guest
"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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