Artist Kelly O'Shea at the site of her burgled ''Jewel
Gallery'' installation in Montecillo yesterday. Photo by
Two alleged art thieves have been caught on film.
The young men must have thought they were on to a good thing
when they found a laptop, webcam, inverter and car battery
set up in a temporary gallery in Montecillo Park last Friday.
Unfortunately, for them, their act was being filmed and
streamed live to a Dunedin art gallery.
The installation was part of an art project, ''Dual < >
Jewel'', involving the Dunedin Public Library, Blue Oyster
Project Art Space and a former Department of Parks and
Recreation storage shed, which was chosen for its unusual
''The camera filmed all engagements with the space. It was
intensively documented,'' artist Kelly O'Shea said this week.
''The equipment was taken by two young guys walking two dogs
at 1.30pm on Friday. The dogs, in particular, are quite
The theft occurred despite a sign in the ''Jewel Gallery''
informing visitors they were being recorded.
''They looked at the sign and then they still climbed up on
the roof and took everything. It took them all of eight
minutes,'' Ms O'Shea said.
''I've reported the theft, but I haven't shown the police the
video yet. This installation was meant to have a life of its
own and my feeling is there should be an amnesty. If they
return the stuff, there are no hard feelings and it's just
part of the show,'' she said.
Video of the theft is now being shown on a loop at the Blue
The installation is open until October 26 from 11am to 5pm,
Tuesday to Friday, and 11am to 3pm, on Saturdays.
A free shuttle bus travels from the Blue Oyster to the
''Jewel Gallery'' site from noon to 1pm on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Saturdays.