Beverly Hills Police Tow 'Art Bomb' Car Outside Gallery
As art patrons filled Steve Lazarides' gallery last night for the opening of the dinosaur-themed "When Superstars Ruled the World," another piece of art arrived outside on the street. Shortly before 10 p.m., two men pulled up in an art car of sorts. On the hood was a mushroom cloud and the words "art bomb!" Images of war donned the car throughout.
They two men stepped out of the car, which was parked just short of the valet area, opened the trunk revealing a sign that said "War is Big Fun, Consume," walked to the corner and began running, according to police. Inside was fake money and a pile of white-painted grenades, also presumably fake.
One officer said they were not concerned about a real bomb because the trunk was already open, showing nothing inside except for t-shirts. Additionally, if the grenades were real -- they never confirmed if they were or not -- all the pins were in place. The car was eventually towed and the show went on. Gallery representatives said the car was not part of the show and so far, no one has identified the artist.