Guillermo Vargas, an artist, tied a street dog to a rope in an art gallery and presumably starved him to death. He considered this his artistic masterpiece in 2007.
The exhibit lasted for several days, with the visitors of the exhibition watching on as the sickly dog seemingly withered away in starvation. The dog eventually died, of unclear causes.
But this is not all – the Arts Biennial of Central America (in Honduras) has invited Vargas to represent Costa Rica, at its biennial exhibition.
If you are like me and think that this cruelty is not art, join me in making our voice heard. You can sign the petition online at: http://www.experienceproject.com/mk/walls/starving-dog-art-protest.php
I have started this group to spread the word and get the information out there. Help me by sharing any information you have in this group. You can add links, videos, and photos.
UPDATE: Many of you have debated whether or not this is true, and I've done some research to make sure that I am not misrepresenting the facts: It is definitely true that this exhibit occurred and a sick, malnourished stray dog was tied up in an exhibit hall in the name of art. This dog needed medical attention, food, water, and affection-- not to be put on display.
This is a cruel act that I personally oppose, and certainly do not want to see rewarded nor repeated. Not only is this a cruel act towards an animal but it also sends a very negative message about animal cruelty (there is no animal cruelty law in Costa Rica). There is still some debate as to how the dog died, starvation or otherwise, and this question is unanswered (I'm posting some links below). Regardless of that outcome, I am protesting the cruelty displayed towards this dog in the name of art, and the negative message this sends to society at large.