Is a cheque worth £8,000 hiding somewhere in Milton Keynes Gallery?
Artist Tomas Georgeson has said he has hidden the cheque somewhere within the public spaces of the gallery, and says unless a visitor finds it, it will be removed on March 1.
If someone finds the cheque, they can make it payable to themselves.
In an e-mail to MK NEWS, Mr Georgeson said: “I have the greatest respect for Milton Keynes Gallery, for its director and for its world class exhibitions programme.
“I should point out that I have not hidden the cheque on or around any of the artwork and the public should not disturb the artwork on display if they choose to look for the cheque.
“I hope that the personal risk I have taken in doing this can stand as something positive in a town eager to establish itself as a cultural destination.
“Milton Keynes began with a sense of bold, risk taking creativity and long may that continue.”
Staff at the gallery have said they know nothing about the cheque, and after a search had found no trace of it themselves.
They said that Mr Georgeson had not told them he was coming.
Communications Director Katharine Sorensen told MK NEWS that she had even checked the branches of Christmas trees that are placed on the ceiling as part of the current exhibition by Swiss artists Silvia Bächli and Eric Hattan.
“There’s nothing obvious,” she said. “This is not a gallery hoax, and we can’t say if it’s a hoax on the part of the artist.”
When asked if the Gallery were worried about crowds of people turning up to look for the cheque, Mrs Sorensen added: “People are very welcome to come as long as they respect the exhibits.
“We don’t know how many will come.
“Maybe some of the treasure hunters will like it and come back again.”
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