Is This Art? Or Animal Abuse? Animal And Dog Lovers Be Warned…

October 18th, 2007 | by MG | (Visited 1,103,022 times)

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  • From Raven of (4/24/08):
    I wrote to PETA about this, and this is their response:

    Many stories-sometimes conflicting-have been circulating about these events, and it has been difficult to verify the reports that we’ve received.
    Because the initial exhibit with the dog took place in Nicaragua, which has no cruelty-to-animals laws, Vargas cannot be charged with a crime at this time.

    Our investigations department is aware that Vargas will participate in a show in Honduras in November. It has been reported that a Honduran group, the Honduras Association for the Protection of Animals and their
    Environment (AHPRA), has secured the event organizers’ word that the event rules will prohibit animal abuse. PETA’s caseworkers are monitoring this situation and will take further action if we get word that Vargas plans to repeat the exhibit with the dog. People often
    commit heinous acts in a bid to gain attention, so it is important to refrain from encouraging them by giving them the attention that they clearly crave. For more thoughts on this issue, please visit

    Exactly what happened at the exhibition in Nicaragua last year may be uncertain, but it is clear that millions of homeless animals are at risk of starvation, disease, violence and death in our own communities right now. To learn more about things you can do to make a difference for these animals, visit

  • NBC10 Webisode Video on Vargas (Thanks Jim!)

dog2.JPGThis is one of those things you come across and just have to blink a couple times and ask, “is this real?”. In fact it is.

Guillermo Habacuc Vargas had 2 children catch this dog. He paid the kids for this. He then chained the dog and used the dog as “art”. He told everyone not to feed this dog. The dog died in the gallery. He calls himself an artist. I call him an animal abuser. In that event, (in which the dog died) he was chosen to represent his country in the “Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008”.

Animal Abuse


Starving Dog


Starving Dog

There is a petition to ban him from this event, which you can visit by clicking this link.

After reading that and digging around, I found this site with a little more information on the incident:

A Costa Rican artist found himself in hot water with the animal protection people in his home country after using a starving, sick street dog as part of an exposition in Managua, Nicaragua, in August. Guillermo “Habacuc” Vargas allegedly found the dog tied up on a street corner in a poor Nicaragua barrio and brought it to the showing. He tied the dog, according to furious animal lovers, in a corner of the salon where it died.

Here is another link about the incident as well, although it’s in another language and I’ve been unable to translate it thus far.

There will always be cultural boundaries and different definitions of what is defined as “art”, but I’ve always maintained that any sort of suffering is pointless. Especially when something like this was preventable.

If this post strikes you, here are a few links to do something about other dogs stuck in terrible conditions:

Save A Dog – Foster A Dog, Save A Life

Can We Help You Keep Your Pet – Abused Dogs

Help Stop Dog Abuse

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Comment by wildflower
Oct 18, 2007 12:41 PM

You’d think some art lover would say – oh hell no – and do something.

Instead of: “hmm. Interesting. This artist is really saying something.”

Comment by flynna
Oct 18, 2007 10:14 PM

i hope seeing that creature suffer was worth the horrid pictures the artist took. is he insane? i would love for him to be tied up in front of hundreds of onlookers without food, even it was only for one full day, this would make a point, and prove one to himself i think.

Comment by darkman
Oct 18, 2007 10:23 PM

I just wonder when the same art lovers will be cheering on the [insert persecuted people] being thrown to the lions in the modern day coliseum.

If people find that acceptable, will we soon see a return of Roman type spectacles?

Comment by Slipperhallow
Oct 19, 2007 12:51 AM

I think who ever did this should be fucin shot.. I think this is cruilty to the animal.. and shouldn’t be tolerated. I want help the poor thing.. but no it died isn’t there a thing called preservation a life if not human but dog.

I am soo mad! Beyond beliefe and i hope the bastard dies.

Comment by BleedingHeartLiberal
Oct 19, 2007 2:57 AM

Yeah, I guess GWB should bomb whatever country the guy is in. Spread the democracy!

Comment by balletje
Oct 19, 2007 3:43 AM

Whats next glue-sniffing kids ?

Comment by Psychotic Ape
Oct 19, 2007 6:04 AM

What an asshole, this isn’t art – it’s just abuse. Art can never come about by the direct murder or execution of any living thing. You have the freedom to express yourself, but within reason – you can’t go about sacrificing an unwillingly participant. This guy should be imprisoned if not worse.

Comment by Gunnar
Oct 19, 2007 7:24 AM

As an art lover, I can tell you that this is not art. I do say hell no, and would like to chain this man up and not feed him.

Comment by Ryan
Oct 19, 2007 7:49 AM

Someone should chain him up next and not feed him for some even better art!

Comment by Prank Videos
Oct 19, 2007 8:41 AM

Where does he live ? Anyone living close to this person ? 😉 time to screw him up. lol

Comment by Ash
Oct 18, 2007 12:54 PM

The real statement this art is making is that NO ONE was brave enough to make their OWN art statement and feed the dog, a la taking a hammer to the urinal in France.

Comment by Ginnie
Oct 18, 2007 12:57 PM

I’m not sure what the cultural bias may have to do with it (as in some countries dogs have less respect as animals), but I agree, and I think that’s what the artist was in fact trying to portray.. That we only care about things after they die. But the fact that he instructed people not to feed it, obviously meant someone showed interest, thereby sort of negating his whole premise..

Inexcusable in any fashion in my opinion.. there are better ways to document this. The picture of the starving, dying african child and the vulture from the National Geographic picture is one thing because there really was nothing to do, but this dog could have been fed, given water, and then released and probably would have done decently for itself on it’s own. Better than being chained down at least.

Comment by Venema
Oct 19, 2007 2:22 AM

Oh fuck off Ginnie, trying to “explain” this cockcucking “artist”. He should be shot.

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Comment by Cameron
Oct 18, 2007 1:42 PM

Well said.

Comment by thursday
Oct 18, 2007 2:17 PM

Neither did the artist so he’s just a hypocrite by your argument

Comment by Peter
Oct 18, 2007 3:47 PM

You’ve nailed it. It reminds me of the milgram experiment.

Comment by Fred
Oct 18, 2007 2:14 PM

This guy deserves to die.

Diversity. Had enough?

Comment by Cam
Oct 18, 2007 8:43 PM

I think he should be put to death by the same way he treated the dog. And then we can call it art!

Comment by Anthony
Oct 18, 2007 11:43 PM

What the hell does diversity have to do with it?

Comment by LOver
Oct 19, 2007 12:18 AM

I agree. I think it would make a stronger statement to tie him up and starve him to death. If I had money, I would hire people to do such deeds.

Comment by Bryan
Oct 19, 2007 1:58 AM

Give me 2 minutes in a room with this “artist”

Comment by sarah
Oct 18, 2007 2:19 PM

This is from the page that Ginnie couldn’t translate. I just pasted the URL into babelfish so it isn’t the best translation. But it gives better of what the artist was trying to say. From what I understood the artist was saying that people just let these dogs die on the street so whats the difference if he let it die in a gallery.

Here the most of the “translated” text
“According to I knew the dog died on the following day by lack of food. During the inauguration I knew that the dog was persecuted in the evening between the houses of aluminum and cardboard of a district of Managua with santo name who Habacuc that could not need at the moment. 5 children of whom they helped in the capture received 10 bonds of córdobas by their collaboration. During the exhibition some people requested the freedom of the small dog, to which he artist rehuso. The name of the dog was (it was) Natividad, and I let myself to him die of at sight hunger of all, as if the death of a poor dog was a shameless mediatic show in which nobody does nothing else that to applaud or to watch disturbed.

Definitively we are what leimos: pure croquetas.

In the place that the dog was exposed single it has left a metal cable and a cord. The dog was extremely ill, renqueaba and it did not want to eat anyway, so in natural surroundings it had died anyway; but thus they are all the poor dogs: sooner or later they die or they die them.”

Hope it helps

Comment by Ginnie
Oct 18, 2007 2:22 PM

Excellent! Thank you Sarah!

Despite how sick the dog may have been, I’m sure it could have been saved or helped. He spent money paying kids to transfer it and arguably earned fame of some sort, so he’s still benefiting from something he could have helped.

Comment by earth
Oct 18, 2007 6:08 PM

And today a child in Africa died of starvation because you have done nothing to help.

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Comment by abbey
Oct 19, 2007 8:19 AM

Another reason to keep those sick Spicks out of our country.

Comment by Me
Oct 18, 2007 2:21 PM

I would have left and returned with a baseball bat and the best steak I could find. Guess who would get what.

Oh… and some chain cutters.

Comment by tony
Oct 19, 2007 9:13 AM

Hey Now, Well said, If you need a teammate, I will be in the on deck circle…

Comment by Natasha P
Oct 18, 2007 2:38 PM

People did not feed the dog, simply because they were asked not to… As sick as I think the artist is… the people who viewed the suffering dog are also to blame. Maybe the artist was trying to see if just a simple request would be enough to make people watch a living creature die. Its amazing how we had evolved… we have grown blind eyes.

Comment by Tommy
Oct 19, 2007 12:54 AM

that’s a very good point. it also further emphasizes the cultural barriers in this (actually i don’t know for sure. i’m assuming the spectators were of the same country). and yet here we (americans or english, judging from everyone’s names) are, voicing opinions against it… but this argument isn’t very strong, considering i’m only making assumptions. whatever.

Comment by Psychotic Ape
Oct 19, 2007 6:06 AM

don’t rationalize the artist’s actions, this is sick.

Comment by Jeremias
Oct 18, 2007 2:53 PM

I think that this is excellent art – I guess there are many street dogs dying all the time for hunger and sickness, but few people pay attention. By doing this outrageous art experiment, this artist has gotten people to talk and wake up.

Comment by matt
Oct 18, 2007 3:16 PM

I can see your point on why you would think this is good art, but I do think its in poor taste to knowingly inflict pain on another creature to make such a point.

Comment by earth
Oct 18, 2007 6:11 PM

inflict pain? I think not. He put on display the pain and suffering which were already present. If only the measuring stick for behavior was determined by how much suffering it caused others on this planet…

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Comment by john
Oct 19, 2007 3:12 AM

But dogs die on the streets every day anyways, he just moved one of them to an art gallery.

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Comment by Colin
Oct 18, 2007 9:02 PM

Wake up to what? To the fact that there are losers like him and you in the world?

Comment by me
Oct 18, 2007 9:58 PM

You are a huge .. terribly huge … dumbass. Wow.

Comment by gaga
Oct 19, 2007 12:36 AM

What if the artist replace the dog to become the object… That’s what I call art…

Comment by Richard Korebrits
Oct 19, 2007 2:19 AM

I agree,
Many dogs like that one have a very poor life, and no one on the street would have fed it just for the cause. Only now we see pictures of the animal, we get affected and feel bad. But aren’t able to feel for alle the unknow animals that do not have to eat. Think about that, would you travel there and feed all the street dogs so they will live?
This is a perfect example of the wrong way people think these days. People need a broader view on life instead of judging these unique expirements. Want to make a change? Make it!

Comment by tubby
Oct 19, 2007 2:42 AM


Comment by zilla
Oct 19, 2007 4:27 AM

YOU must be mentally not okay, like that sick artist!

that dog had no chance it was on a rope!

many people died in Afrika… do i put a child from Afrika on a rope in a gallery to make a statement?

Comment by Lisa
Oct 19, 2007 4:31 AM

There are children dying all the time from starvation, as well. Would it be OK for an artist to pick one up off the street and put him or her on display for all to watch until death? Would you still consider that art?

Comment by kswitch
Oct 19, 2007 7:12 AM

yes, people to talk about how this artist is a douche.

can i go to africa, adopt a starving child and chain it to a pole in the middle of your local neighborhood square and say don’t feed it? or ly? why not? im just making a statement. I don’t knwo who said but, but “Diversity. Had enough?” is on point here. How much more tolerant are we going to get for fear of offending someone? Borat brought light to how lightly you can say I need a gun to kill jews in this country and he didn’t need to starve anyone.

Comment by phil herman
Oct 18, 2007 3:02 PM

If this is art then can I borrow one of his children, chain them to a railroad track and watch as the train cut their body in two? I will consider that ART if he considers this ART.


Comment by maddy
Oct 18, 2007 9:46 PM

While this artist has inflicted pain upon this wonderful creature, the audience inflicted pain even more. See the last picture, everybody’s back is turned and wrapped up in their own lives rather than noticing the starving dog in the corner. I would have bought that dog food being an artist myself.

Comment by liza
Oct 18, 2007 10:49 PM

I agree- where is the conscious of this artist. Where is the conscious of the viewer!
Where is compassion for all sentient beings! This abuser made another living being suffer and be tortured in the name of art. All animals feel pain. A spectacle? Really disgusting in this 21st century can we humans ever get and grow beyond the Inquisition.
What is next Gitmo as a performance piece.
This should never happen again. Art is not torture.

Comment by Joe
Oct 19, 2007 7:15 AM

If a man letting a dog die causes you to desire to kill children you have far deeper issues than any artist.

Comment by arlinda
Oct 19, 2007 9:01 AM

i agree with you , this man is sick and so are the people that went and just looked at the dog

Comment by Neil Fiertel
Oct 18, 2007 3:15 PM

This conceptual project is a disgrace to a civilised society. Note I did not call it art which is to grant it a kind of moral imperative that this does not deserve. One need not hold under an audience’s nose death for us to understand it. We inherently do understand death. What some need to understand is that we ought, as a social animal, wish to help the pained and suffering be it our own species or that of another. We ought to eat only what we need to eat in terms of animal life and ought, in compensation, try to nurture the lives that we do not need for our survival as a kind of gift back to Nature for our carnivourous footprint. Watching..allowing a poor victim in a poor country starve or die whilst on display is callous and Nazi-like. Such an act in my country would result in a criminal trial for the so-called artist and the gallery. I speak as a civilised human who happens to be an an artist. Humanity calls for protecting the weak and the improverished and that includes dogs and cats. For shame to that display.

Comment by earth
Oct 18, 2007 6:03 PM

Are you for real? We allow poor victims in poor countries to die each and every goddamned day. Just because they aren’t on “display” doesn’t mean they aren’t dying. The real disgrace comes from all the people on this planet who could help those who suffer on a daily basis, but don’t. Including myself. I think that’s part of what this artists was trying to express.

Comment by Andrew
Oct 19, 2007 6:31 AM

I would like to respectfully disagree with the part of this comment that claims that we not need hold death under peoples noses for them to understand it. I in fact think that a majority of people in our day and age do not fully grasp the concept of death especially when it comes to animals. Even just take a look at our grocery stores and the variety of meats available for consumption. Do people really ever take the time to think about the fact that an animal (possibly much worse off than this dog) gave its life in a gruesome manner to become that consumable portion of meat? And here I want to make clear that I myself am not an animal rights activist or a vegetarian even for that matter. I eat meat regularly and have assisted in a few different animal slaughters head on, so let me tell you, unless you have watched the animal die and then eaten its flesh, you have not paid it full respect. Anyway, I ramble. Whether or not this is art is purely semantics. Is it raising questions that would not have been raised otherwise? Quite obviously. Is the price of the dogs life worth such an effect? That is the real ethical question.

Comment by bob
Oct 18, 2007 3:28 PM

When will the story come out that this is fake? Were’s the dead dpg pics?

Comment by Jon
Oct 18, 2007 3:30 PM

I do not believe that this was art. It could have been prevented. Pictures and video of these dogs could just as easily been a mode. People can understand ones inability to help all the dogs and view it as beneficial but taking one dog and making it suffer is disgusting. What if I were to take a human and rope them up to fight starvation? Im sorry there are many pictures and stories out there that make me know it is an issue without that kind of cruelty.

Comment by v
Oct 18, 2007 3:32 PM

Well, you got helped get his name out there and his artwork generated a heated controversy in which people are debating the merits and boundaries of art, as well as how animals should be treated. I would say that this work of art has worked perfectly — how often does an artists message get through so quickly and generate so many comments from those who usually don’t spend much time thinking about art?

Comment by tubby
Oct 19, 2007 2:42 AM

Sorry, but that is a load of golden crapola. Art is supposed to document suffering, not cause it. This is killing, and killing is not art.

This is no different to a husband who beats his wife and says he still loves her. You do not prove an abuse by committing it!

Comment by matt
Oct 19, 2007 5:21 AM

Guillermo Habacuc Vargas is a killer.

He is no more of an artist than Mark Chapman.

Comment by nosaj
Oct 18, 2007 3:33 PM

he found the dog on the street, tied to a pole. it would have died just the same. all he did was put it in a public place so you could see whats really going on. or maybe the dog is supposed to be a metaphor for what their doing to people all over the world. not just in his country. if you don’t like it don’t look at it, ignore it like 100,000,000 people do every day.

but i mean it’s life man. it’s cruel and inhumane. people are dying everywhere in the world as much as i’m sure dogs are dying, both for food and lack there of. so why should you be up in arms over one dogs life? would the animal lover do the same if he did this to himself? we watch it all the time on television. it’s not uncommon. nothings being done about it.

another dog dies.

Comment by Colin
Oct 18, 2007 8:59 PM

If it was tied to a pole, it was obviously going to be collected by it’s owner sometime. If he believed it was going to die, then simply let it go, or feed it and give it to someone that would look after it. What if nosaj had been treated the same. I bet you’d hear him/her squeal from the other side of the world. Yes dogs die every day. That’s no reason to be cruel you loser.

Comment by me
Oct 18, 2007 10:08 PM

So.. I will beat you to almost near death and tie you up somewhere. Hopefully some amazing artist will find you and do the same for his art piece. Then all of the people at the opening can drink wine while you are dying there and they can sniff each others intellectual farts while pretending to be enlightened. I hate you.

Comment by Jon
Oct 18, 2007 10:32 PM

You are right. The dog would probably have died anyway.

And we see this on TV all the time.

And One Hundred Million people ignore it everyday.

But WTF makes you think that the preexisting condition of something gives a blanket permission for people to further perpetuate that situation.

Who in their right mind thinks a sordid societal condition cedes them the right to point it out by engaging in the very activity they are professing to condemn.

This is to me the equivalent of a theif stealing from another theif to demonstrate how terrible stealing is.

Or a child rapist claiming that he is an artist by publishing his foul acts to point out the horrors of how many children are raped.

It is disgusting.

If you want to get people attention and mobilize them to take action agains an ill of society, I salute you. But if you tell me the only way that you can do so is in this manner, then I have lost all respect for you and MUST condemn your actions.

The fact that you support this confused sociopath concerns me. You obviously… I am going to stop now. You should really think before you post a comment like this.

Comment by Richard Coughlan
Oct 19, 2007 3:17 AM

Thats a lame argument. dogs die, so who cares if another one does? The dog wouldnt have died, they can live on very little, all it probarbly needed was a little water. This is just an artist who relies on idiots to perceive his work as art. Arty types are mostly fools. They conjure up discussions that they think sound inteligent, about something that is so obviously not art. There is no skill involved, or thought – Its just a lame dog on a chain. Anybody could do that, only the stupid ones would.

Comment by zilla
Oct 19, 2007 4:17 AM

Oke so you think it’s normal to use a dog as art!

THAT DOG DIDN’t have any chance to walk en searching for food! cause it was on a fucking rope.

In my country there are no street dogs.
Dogs live in our houses and be treated like a family members.

Comment by Jacen
Oct 19, 2007 8:14 AM


Your argument is completely invalid. If you’re trying to give a philosophical point or debate semantics I can obviously see how you take a negative stance, but your comment holds no water.

The article specifically states that he hired two kids to catch the dog, then it contradicts that by stating it was already tied up. Aside from that, This “Artist” PURPOSELY obtained the dog, keep it away from the general public, tied it in a corner where no one could free it, AND specifically told people to NOT feed it.
Not sure where you’re from, it doesn’t really matter actually, but here in NY, even if we see a strange dog(whether we fear it or not), some of us go out of our way and spare scraps or spend the 69 cents for a cheap can of dog food, open it and leave it around the area in which the dog hung around, to give it, another shot at life(and thats the minimum some people do).
Your downtrodden emo approach to life is “We’re all going to die anyways” is no way to live. But if you want to take that approach; when you do in fact die, don’t you want it to be on YOUR terms. Or are you stating you don’t really mind if we bagged you up, threw you in a corner, chained you up, told people not to feed you, and have people gaze in amazement at our new decorative piece?

Comment by abbey
Oct 19, 2007 8:20 AM

too bad it wasn’t you.

Comment by flaurena
Oct 19, 2007 9:09 AM

The point is, this was called ART. It wasn’t set up as a political statement, or as a statement to bring wider awareness to issues of animal abuse. And the “artist” cannot argue that he was trying to make a political statement because he left that animal to die. And he made money from people who paid to see such sadistic trash.

What he did was not clever or even thought-provoking. Resorting to shock tactics to create so-called “art” is a cheap trick, and in this case is cruel, unnecessary and sadistic.

Yes, this happens every day, does that mean we have to endorse it? He could have saved that dog, and so could have anyone who went to the exhibition. Your argument says is that as there are millions of starving animals (humans incl) out there there is no point even saving one life!

Comment by Eric Monse
Oct 18, 2007 4:24 PM

It’s futile to guess whether the dog would have died or not without Vargas’s intervention–although it certainly did die from Varga’s actions. Perhaps he was so fed up with people treating dogs so poorly on the street that he decided to bring the death of this dog, and all dogs by extension, into the realm of “enlightened” society.

Comment by Max Hully
Oct 18, 2007 4:31 PM

Hell no! It’s not art!

Comment by John Bishop
Oct 18, 2007 4:34 PM

I’d like to take a pickax to his face as my masterpiece. After all, artists starve all the time.

Comment by Justin
Oct 18, 2007 4:51 PM

It’s hard to take your concern for the animal seriously when your only solution is to bring violence to another animal. Wouldn’t a more civilized solution be to simply feed the beast? Or if violence is the only language you speak… why not attack the man who had him chained in an alley to begin with? Better yet, why not axe the children who agreed to bring the beast; and for money no less? How about axing the face of every person who saw the creature and didn’t feed it?

Comment by Jessica
Oct 18, 2007 10:16 PM

lol I agree with you. :)

Comment by Adam Weissman
Oct 18, 2007 4:46 PM

Ironic that people so clearly see that this is not art, but have no problem viewing boiling live lobsters and throwing them on a plate with butter as an artisanal craft. The reality is our culture has a double standard about animals. We feign outrage over things like this and Michael Vick. Yet we sneer at vegans as self-righteous extremists for forcing us to confront our own hypocrisy. The death of this dog is a tragedy. But so are the deaths of the tens of billions of animals slaughtered every year because people choose to eat animals.

Comment by subcorpus
Oct 18, 2007 4:58 PM

i still wanna know why who chained a dog and let it die for art …
i dont think this has anything to do with art …

Comment by Eric
Oct 18, 2007 5:05 PM

The artist, in this case, should probably be tortured and killed. I’m not a PETA member or anything (those people are a little too crazy), but this is wrong. I hope some crazy PETA person murders him. What an ass.

Comment by Matt
Oct 18, 2007 5:19 PM

This guy better not ever show his face in NYC. I’ve written a little bit of “performance art” that involves him, and if he ever shows up, he’ll be seeing it up close and personal.

Comment by anonymous
Oct 18, 2007 5:21 PM

what is paAs

Comment by Carlos
Oct 18, 2007 5:29 PM

Why dont they tie up that sob and let him starve…..i’d like to see that art…what a piece of worthless sh*t…..

Comment by cat
Oct 18, 2007 5:45 PM

this guy’s going to hell.

Comment by justin
Oct 18, 2007 5:53 PM

Fucking piece of shit artist should be tied up in my basement and I’ll charge admission for people to come see my “art”.

Comment by Michael Pedersen
Oct 18, 2007 6:23 PM

I will refer to Kierkegaard’s stand on self determination. The artist is searching for his self and the dog is simply a component of the journey. The act was cruel and inhuman but the process was to expose the inner conflict of the artist and his own self perception of being “tragic.” I’m sure he would argue endlessly over his right to “find himself” irregardless of the dog’s destiny. One final point: as members of the human race we have collectively destroyed countless species of animals, including humans, so the get all foamy about the dog is really over the top. Allow this artist to find the path to his self awareness.

Comment by Saphyre Rose
Oct 18, 2007 6:35 PM

How could anyone do that? This person has no humanity. How can anyone let an animal suffer in starvation and then to call the work “art”?
I have been told once that “Art” is suppose to touch or inspire a feeling in the observer. That being said, the only feeling this observer has is disgust.
Personally, I would like to tie this artist to a pole and let him starve, but of course, I wouldn’t do that to a dog.

Can not the world understand? What will be his next vision of art? Perhaps some child on the street (who might or might not die) will be his next plan. When will this stop?
How can any organization say this was a great thing and let the sicko represent his country in a art expo?

John Bishop, let me have a swing of your pickax!

Comment by Joe
Oct 18, 2007 6:43 PM

I would not feed the dog, it would only prolong its suffering. I would rather have “accidently” cut its rope…but then I know it would be too weak to run off on its own and me running off with someones “property” in honduras would be bad news.


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Comment by jjgilzean
Oct 18, 2007 6:57 PM

How could anyone with a concience see this dog dying in the gallery or in the street and not do something to try and help the poor animal?

Comment by Eric
Oct 18, 2007 6:58 PM

Consider for a moment. He did have a humanitarian point to make though about the poor and ignored of Honduras, and many “third-world” places, suffering and dying everyday. After the dog died, he removed it and just left the rope behind… which was promptly ignored by the visitors to the exhibition.

If I were there, would I have helped the dog? I like to think I would. But I wasn’t. Time to subjectively step back and consider it from logical angles.

Just a few links about the things that could have been going through the artist’s mind when he came up with the concept of the ‘art’ he exhibited.

Dying for Clean Water In Honduras
Painkillers in short supply in poor countries
Gangs in Honduras

There is more, but I’m not an exhibitor. I don’t agree with the methods or the outcome. The man should be punished with whatever animal cruelty laws are available. Given a chance to go to trial. That said, I do understand a purpose.

Comment by meteors
Oct 18, 2007 7:00 PM

Someone please kill this guy.

Cruelty to animals is an act of cowardice – you are harming something which can’t defend itself.

Comment by Jay
Oct 18, 2007 7:15 PM

This is seriously disgusting. no human.. regardless of where they are from should cause an animal to suffer for no reason. This isn’t anything to do with culture. It is globally understood that suffering is wrong.. otherwise cultures would kill themselves off.

Comment by MAbans
Oct 18, 2007 7:15 PM

Art is supposed to be thought provoking and stir conversation. Yes it was cruel but how many time do we shush an animal like a stray dog or cat without so much of a consideration of what may happen to it. People barely keep their door closed for household pets. It’s art as disturbing as it maybe and maybe next time I see a dog starving I may just throw a double cheese burger his way. He got what he wanted, attention and people to talk. AS for the people who were cowards and not helping the dog i blame them for the ultimate death of the animal, not the artist.

It’s worse to stand by and do nothing rather than actually doing it..

Comment by SD
Oct 18, 2007 7:22 PM

Why would any sane human being do this to another creature?

What’s really depressing and making me angry is the picture showing all those people mingling with each other while the poor dog is lying starving.

Simple wtf is this world coming too.

That man should be punished for killing a defenceless animal. Maybe we should chain him and not feed him for the sake of “art”.

What society would allow this to happen?

Comment by James Chia
Oct 18, 2007 7:25 PM

The artist ought to be chained up too for this act of animal abuse.

Comment by matelot
Oct 18, 2007 7:44 PM

what the fuck is wrong with these fucking people ?????

Comment by jose
Oct 18, 2007 7:46 PM

This lack of empathy and compassion for man’s best friend, such a common story…
Millions of captive animals are constantly suffering horribly slow and painful deaths at the hands of psychopaths, while society prefers to look the other way.

Are there are no boundaries to human cruelty?

Comment by John Doe
Oct 18, 2007 7:53 PM

Here is some art for you. Why don’t we tie this “artist” up in a corner and not feed him. You know, “art”!

Comment by R.
Oct 18, 2007 7:53 PM

This is murder.
Life is life – confining and denying an animal (human or other) what it needs to sustain its life is murder.

Those responsible for this should be tried and be held accountable for their actions.

Comment by Toodles
Oct 18, 2007 8:22 PM

But having fat dogs in the U.S. (so fat that they need to go on diets) is OK? The U.S. is warped.

Comment by alliuser
Oct 18, 2007 8:23 PM

Do we really need another Artist?…hell no….Chain him up!

Comment by Sam
Oct 18, 2007 8:26 PM

They ought to chain that asshole up in the gallery and let him starve.

Comment by Bob Sullivan
Oct 18, 2007 8:35 PM

If I saw it and he said I couldn’t feed it then sorry artist boy but after punching your lights out I would have put the poor dog down!

Comment by Anonymous
Oct 18, 2007 9:02 PM

This guy is awesome.

Comment by Joe Shmoe
Oct 18, 2007 9:37 PM

What the hell did the dog ever do to “senior artiste” to deserve such a fate?

If ever I receive a choice between killing this monster or saving the dog, I’d kill this ****** 1000 times over – slowly –

Then again, I guess there’s some market for twisted things like this. After all, just take a look on the net at how many sites there are dealing in morbid pics / vids involving death, mutilation etc. These sites are prospering. Why I wonder, because no one’s visiting? Didn’t think so.

In fact, I’m pretty sure some twisted monkey is reading this right now. If you’re into this type of shit, do us all a favor and take your perversions out on yourself. In fact, just kill yourself right now.

Comment by David
Oct 18, 2007 9:39 PM

What is the definition, in your culture, of a humane death? Starving in the street? Dying of old age and dementia alone in a nursing home? Maybe you think abortion is humane or capital punishment? Does it matter that it is a dog? What if it were a mouse? Maybe a snake? What if it were a serial killer? A stranger on the street? Could you, through inaction, allow one of them to die? In some cultures they worship death, others eat dogs as part of a regular meal? Do the hindu protest the wests method of cattle slaughter? Before you try and place yourself upon the moral high ground, be sure you are on the mountain rather than a foothill with the mountain at your back.

Comment by a
Oct 18, 2007 9:41 PM

This is a lousy thing to do to an animal, but I have the chilling feeling that all the people who claim that they would kill the artist with a brick and set the dog free would not have done so when instructed not to by museum security. It’s scary what we’ll do when told to by authorities. There’s the famous Milgram experiment where people were willing to shock someone with stronger and stronger current if instructed to do so by an authority, and of course the holocaust, where an entire nation quietly sat by while the authorities killed millions. If ANYTHING positive comes out of this horrible act, maybe it will make us think twice about authority and how little we are often willing to question it.

Comment by John
Oct 18, 2007 9:42 PM

Wish I was there to hear that, I’d knock his teeth in the back of his throat and tell everyone not to call for help cuz its Art!

Comment by pete
Oct 18, 2007 9:45 PM

It’s not not art…

Comment by Tyler Durden
Oct 18, 2007 9:48 PM

Cruelty to animals has been shown by psychologists to be a leading indicator of sociopathic behavior — the same behavior that later leads to cruelty (and killing) of other humans. If applying the false label of “art” to this act legitimizes it, would “art” killing of humans be next?

This is the worst example of Orwellian double-speak. Words are powerful and by abusing their meaning evil people can easily manipulate those with weak characters.

Torture and killing for pleasure are always wrong. Simple really. Doesn’t matter what sort of sophistry is used to justify it.

Comment by Ugly American
Oct 18, 2007 9:57 PM

Obviously, they should do the same thing to the ‘artist’ eh?

Comment by J
Oct 18, 2007 10:04 PM

If the artist chained himself up and died, I might consider that art… stupid, but art. He would have had the choice to leave.

Taking a helpless animal and starving it is NOT art.

Comment by Kazy
Oct 18, 2007 10:12 PM

If he wanted to make a statement about how the deaths of these dogs are overlooked like this, then why not take pictures instead? It seems he could have used that money he paid the children to give the dog something to eat. I understand that animals on the brink of death often don’t eat and try to seclude themselves…but to display it in a way far more tangible…and to even instruct people to not even TRY and help it is just barabric, and not art in any way. The factual portrayal of suffering is one thing….the forcing of it is a very different thing indeed.

On that same note though, while I would have tried to help the dog, regardless of the artist’s request, I wouldn’t have used violence against the artist or bystanders to vindicate or further my efforts. No matter how cruel we may be, Humans are animals as well…and deserve just as much compassion and love as any other creature on this planet.

Comment by fran
Oct 18, 2007 10:14 PM

Tie him up like the dog till he starves to death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He is a physco !!!!!!!!!


Comment by Jon
Oct 18, 2007 10:15 PM

This makes me sick to my stomach. I know I am not the first to say so, and I am sure I will not be the last, but being cruel to any of God’s creation in the name of anything is horrifying. It is indeed sad and disturbing that dogs die all day from lack of attention, and it is true that by and large no one pays attention to the attrocities around them until someone makes some noise about it. There was a little too much foreign language involved for me to take a stab at what the artist was “going for”, but torturing a living being is not a statement worth making, it is squalid.

Thank you for calling attention to this atrocity.

Comment by Corey
Oct 18, 2007 10:16 PM

What would accomplish more? Showing the suffering of the dog or just helping it to live? Art should require suffering from the artist, no one else. This “artist” should be beaten to death on the street.

Comment by Jessica
Oct 18, 2007 10:18 PM

lol, I agree with you. :)

Comment by Jason
Oct 18, 2007 10:20 PM

As an artist, I consider this completely sickening. And as a dog lover and defender, I feel even euthanasia is a rather cruel feat of human nature. Rather than put the extra effort forth to save a lowly creature (as general humans would put it), birthed by our societies, our species, we would rather exterminate them. I mean, would you consider putting your child to sleep just because he or she has come down with an incurable ailment, or perhaps being curable, just being extremely costly? I understand that those of incurable disease/illness, or those that are dying of old age make their way into hospices, but why not our beloved pets? I was stricken with the harsh decision of either putting my dog to sleep, or coughing up $1600 when she was hit by a truck and the owner did not offer to pay medical expenses. Instead, I made due with what money I had and took the extra effort to save her. I could only afford one cast, but crated her for several months and watched her closely until her injuries healed. She is living and in perfect shape. Now I understand that in nature, wild animals live and die by the laws of darwinism and evolution, but when humans interact with a species, they forever change their niche. The animal can possibly revert back and be considered feral, but they will never be what is considered truly wild. Humans need to show more respect towards our fellow canines and protect what beautiful domesticated animals we have created.

Comment by Dog Health
Oct 18, 2007 10:27 PM

If he can do this to a dog i wonder how he treats people

Comment by Kevin
Oct 18, 2007 10:35 PM

life and death is never art there is nothing beautiful in death. If you’ve ever witnessed it you would know that. The only acceptable statement to be made in death is ones own martyrdom. Taking the life of another being puts you not on the level of Picasso or Warhol, rather that of Joseph Mengela. I say this as someone who has witnessed death to many times to count. You want to comment on the futility of life or mans apathy go to Gary Indiana or Detroit Michigan (my home town and the city I work in) and take pictures of the nursing homes there the way the greatest generation are treated like second class animals.

Would it be art if you took a mother after recently given birth, displaying the mother being Gang Raped with in an inch of her life and then having her breasts chopped off with a machete and keeping her on display until the child dies. If that can be art than it’s perfectly acceptable to say that the dog dieing was art. However if you feel that you could watch my scenario call it art and sleep like a baby that night then you need to realize that performance art has a place and sometimes photos will have to suffice…

Comment by flyking
Oct 18, 2007 10:36 PM

I think this was a great concept. Sure, the dogs death was a bit cruel, but there’s a lot of poetic justice behind this.

open your minds people

Comment by pat
Oct 18, 2007 10:37 PM

I like how in picture from the opening all the arties are just standing around with their drinks.

Comment by CARL
Oct 18, 2007 10:37 PM

The point of the artwork was to BREAK THE RULES and feed the dog, to “LET THE HUMAN SPIRIT WIN” and all that crap.

What F*CKING DOUCHEBAGS were going to that exhibition????? I’m ashamed of being a human being right now.

Comment by francisco
Oct 18, 2007 10:39 PM

obviously none of you have ever been to a large south american city, where packs of stray dogs are no more «respected» than pigeons up here in the north. they’re at best a nuisance, spreading disease and parasites. they avoid people, all the while living off garbage. these are not your cute, fluffy, spayed, neutered and vaccinated members of the family. they do not have names. they are not domesticated. you do not touch these animals. they are just a notch above the garbage they live in. a very small notch.

from what I understand the dog died one day after being put into the gallery. just look at the pictures. mangy, scraggly, skinny and apparently a day away from the end of its painful existence. walking with a limp, refusing to eat. yes, the poor dog did not want to eat. it probably knew at this stage that it didn’t have a lot of time left. and it sure didn’t die as a result of being in that gallery. the dog was very sick and would have died in the street anyways.

the link to the spanish article is very enlightening – for all you spanish readers out there – and the huge quantity of comments – roughly half positive, half negative – clearly demonstrate that there are many points of view from which to see this statement.

I don’t think you can impose your personal emotional point of view on a situation of a vastly different cultural context. I mean, a pick axe to his face? murder? REALLY? do you have that reaction when you see a dead pigeon lying in the street? do you feel like murdering the children of whoever drove over the poor poor pigeon? me neither. because it’s just a dirty pigeon, not anything really important.

and in most south american cities, stray dogs are nothing more than a dirty nuisance.

Comment by akvj1n
Oct 18, 2007 10:53 PM

Here is the translation I did on digg:

From what I know, the dog died the following day from lack of food. During the opening ceremony I found out that a dog was chased in the evening, just between the houses of aluminum and cardboard of a ghetto of Managua named Saint of Habacuc, I’m not entirely sure at what time. Five kids that helped capture it received 10 cordobas for their help. During the exhibition some people asked the dog be freed, the artist declined.

The name of the dog was Natividad (Nativity), and it was left to die in-front of everyone, as if the death of a poor dog was a shameless media show in which no one could do much but clap or watch nervously.

We definitely are what we read: only biscuits. (referring to the picture that reads, ‘we are what we read: biscuits’).

In the place were the dog was exposed, only a metal cable and leash are left. The dog was incredibly sick, cried and didn’t want to eat anyway, so it’s natural environment would have been death anyway; although that’s how all dogs are: sooner or later they die or they are died (sic).

Comment by liza
Oct 18, 2007 10:56 PM

I agree:
Art is not torture! If it is will Gitmo be a performance. This artist is an abuser and a possible serial killer. That is in their MA the torture and killing of animals. Then humans.
Where is the conscious of this artist and where is the conscious of the viewers?????
How did we let another living being suffer and die in the name of spectacle.
Lets take a quantum leap out of the Inquisition paradigm. Please!

Comment by Faramarz
Oct 18, 2007 11:00 PM

He made a statement. think beyond the fact the dog is now dead and how it died and realize how the true message of his art. He brought out the disgusting reality that people will do what they’re told. they do as they’re told and don’t ask questions.

the fact that nobody broke the chain, no body fed the dog or made effort to remove the artist shows the ugly side of people, especially the art-loving visitors!

Brilliant yet violent and disturbing at the same time.

Comment by Eric Gonzalez
Oct 18, 2007 11:03 PM

There is no cultural equivocation here – this is outright cruelty. I’d like to tie up this “artist” and make him part of his exhibit.

I’ve translated the linked page (not through the fish, I speak Spanish). It seems the writer presents the other side of the story.

“According to my own inquiry, I discovered the dog died on the following day due to malnutrition. During the event, I was told the dog was chased down in the shanty towns made of aluminum and cardboard in a district of Managa (Nicaragua) by someone named Habukkuk, but I could not confirm. five children assisted in the capture, and were paid 10 cordobas for their assistance. During the exhibition, several viewers pleaded for the release of the dog, but the artist rebuked them. The dog, named Nativity, was allowed to die in plain view of everyone, as if the dog’s death were some shameless exhibition in which viewers should do nothing but applaud or watch however disturbed they may be.

Definitely, we are we read: nonsense.

The dog was placed on display tied by a metal cable and a cord. The dog was already extremely sick, refused any contact and it did not want to eat, hence it would have died anyway; thus the dog is like many poor dogs: sooner or later they die or are killed.

Comment by Ben D.
Oct 18, 2007 11:08 PM

Yes I find this horrifying. It shouldn’t happen.

What worries me is that people get upset over this but think abortion is OK. Little unborn babies get chopped up and discarded.

How many people replied to this who think starving a dog to death is wrong but chopping up the unborn is OK?

Neither should happen.

Comment by Rob
Oct 18, 2007 11:08 PM

It’s art. It’s sick art, I’ll agree, but it makes a statement. The viewers listened to the artist rather than feeding the dog. It seems that we, as a race, are more willing to let a reprehensible thing happen right in front of us if we’re told to by a percieved authority figure.
I agree with the previous poster that someone should have fed it as a counter point.
As was the case when Davis Hammons urinated on a piece by Richard Serra.

Comment by Natalie
Oct 18, 2007 11:26 PM

I think this is just sick!! ART are you kidding me!!?!? Starving a helpless animal to death is not art?!?! Would it be art it we were to chain a human up and starve them to death and then put them on display!!?!? Animals are helpless creatures! This guy should be locked up for a veeerrrryyyy loooong time!

Comment by Tom
Oct 18, 2007 11:31 PM

I won’t try to defend this guy, but all the aforementioned comments about how he should “die” and “be shot” are embarrassing and equally offensive. People who truly value life (be it a dog’s life or a human life) don’t respond like this. Please grow up or get off the internet.

Also, the artist wrote “The importance to me is the hypocrisy of the people where an animal is the focus of attention where people come to see art but not when it’s in the street starving to death.”

So… where exactly is the outrage for all the dogs dying in the streets? Hell, where’s the outrage over the human beings dying in the streets? And what is anyone doing about it? Signing an online petition doesn’t count.

You see, most of the aforementioned comments nicely support the artist’s statement. As predicted, and as is often the case, the issue-at-hand is the focus only after it’s reached a point of no return, but not when there’s still time to do something about it.

Hypocrisy, indeed.

(And yes, it’s a shame a dog had to die for the artist to make this point. I’m sure there must have been other, less permanent ways to convey the same message).

Comment by Cam
Oct 18, 2007 11:33 PM

Art or not….(beanie)like….who does that?(beanie)

Comment by automatt
Oct 18, 2007 11:34 PM

This is brilliant art – street dogs die all the time, this one is causing controversy

Comment by dennis van de peer
Oct 18, 2007 11:45 PM

I just think it’s sick !! if he is an artist ? is this the best he can come up whit ? pretty lame sick ****** ! hope i’ll never catch you in person !

Comment by nick
Oct 18, 2007 11:48 PM

If this is so obscene, why did no one:

1. Force the food and water issue, instead of accepting the artist’s instruction?
2. Do nothing for the animal while it was on the street and only when it was brought into the gallery?

The artist’s argument to me seems to be a matter of, we only see things when we want to see things, and only act when it has been thrust in our face and violates our moral senses. If you prosecute him, do you prosecute everyone who walked by and did nothing? Do you prosecute everyone who walked by, attempted, but stopped on his word? Do you prosecute the people who passed it on the street?

Why are we getting upset about this dog when there are others in our own neighborhoods who we don’t even try to assist?

It’s an act that is a great conversation piece and moral ambiguity goes a long way in accepting what happened, but ultimately the question is why are we blaming instead of acting.

Comment by Rambo
Oct 18, 2007 11:52 PM

BS!!!….Hope you get abducted by another being and make you suffer some kind of an Art form that produces never ending & unimaginable amount of PAIN…. the kind that will never kill you…just suffer again and again and again and again Mofo!!! Death is too luxurious for your kind.

Comment by john doe
Oct 19, 2007 12:05 AM

could someone please post the address of the gallery that let this happen….or the place….and possibly his home address? Thank you.

Comment by Stuart
Oct 19, 2007 12:07 AM

How starving a dog in a corner of an art gallery can ever be justified as art is beyond belief. What is utterly pervers is that people attending the exhibition allowed this to happen. How incredible morbid, demoralising and shameful. What sort of insight can be gained from such cruelty.

I believe that charges should be laid against the artist for cruelty to animals. What’s more he should never be allowed to exhibit in any major exhibitions/biennaials the world over. The whole thing reeks of a perverse publicity stunt. Abhorent.

Comment by Alex
Oct 19, 2007 12:12 AM

I think more poetic justice to match this artists muse is in order. I say we let street dogs eat him alive. This person needs to be punished and taught that using creatures for your own gain to the end result of death is illegal under any law.

Comment by SirSwirly
Oct 19, 2007 12:17 AM

Um…am I going to be the only person to point out that the only thing hurt here was a dog? Who cares?

Comment by aiste
Oct 19, 2007 12:22 AM

He is a monster, not an artist. He should be locked up for this.

Comment by Royce McCutcheon
Oct 19, 2007 12:35 AM

Maybe the artist was trying to convey the fact that this sort of thing (starvation) is happening to human beings all the time, and it points out hypocrisy that activist groups will defend a dog rather than other humans first. I’m not really for any of these causes, however. Then again I don’t live in a really poor country, either.

Comment by t tuthill
Oct 19, 2007 12:37 AM

Other artists in the past that started like that ended up serial killers.

I would jail and give the artist psych exams and fine everyone involved.

Just to be nasty send the health department in and shut them all down for awhile too.

I’m sick of the BS that continues in the art world.

Oct 19, 2007 12:37 AM

I can’t believe how anyone could think this is art. What if we chain the guy and not feed him and call it… “Pwn’d in the face… the art that loves to hurt”.

Oct 19, 2007 12:42 AM

To me the real point of this is that so many folks are getting worked up about a dog that died from lack of food, while in the same city there are many human children suffering and dying of starvation which none of you so-caring people give a damn about.

Would you really rather see people give their charitable food contribution to a starving dog than to a starving child, or a starving sick old man? Who is really the monster here: those who kill dogs, or those who care more about dogs than about people?

Comment by d5
Oct 19, 2007 1:17 AM

Pls try to post a picture of the artist, i want to see his face so that if i ever see him around someday, to make sure he knows what is meant by suffering…

I’d love to OFF this guy NOW!!!

Comment by William de Jong
Oct 19, 2007 1:19 AM

Tie this fucker up, lets see how he dehydrates. Then put him in a gallery.

Thats ART…

This guy is a sick freak.

Comment by Alex Fear
Oct 19, 2007 1:23 AM


At first I thought how sickening and cruel. But then reading some comments I can see what the artist may have been trying to get at.

All he did was tie the dog up, but it’s true people walked past and simply went “hmm… interesting”.

It reminds me of the Stanford Prison Experiment and Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiment (top 20 weirdest experiments).

It may outrage you but the fact is most human beings are very easy to manipulate and once given orders it’s surprising how easily they will carry them out even knowing they are causing suffering by doing it.

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Comment by Jack
Oct 19, 2007 1:43 AM

This is really sick. This guy does not deserve to live, and the same goes for the people who listened to him and did not feed the poor animal. I say tie this guy up and let him almost die from starvation, what a bastard.

Comment by scooby
Oct 19, 2007 1:44 AM

It would have been an art to save this dog publicly.

Comment by Jareth
Oct 19, 2007 1:46 AM

Dogs are sweet, and you should treat everyone on the same way as you would be treated, this guy needs to get shot by someone. i really hate those type of people, peace of crap as they are.
Everyone who’s agree with me sign that damm statement and make that artist vanish from the cultural world!!!!!

Comment by cindy
Oct 19, 2007 1:47 AM

Instead of taking the dog to the gallery to let people see the dog die, he’d better taken it to the gallery and given it water, food and medical care, so that people would see the dog recover!

Now THAT would have been art!, the art of loving and caring for people and animals, without asking anything in return…

I cannot believe that people just stood there, doing nothing about it…

Comment by Robin
Oct 19, 2007 1:48 AM

Excellent comment from
i’d like to show him some art of my own.

Comment by Dan
Oct 19, 2007 1:54 AM

Disgusting :/

And people commenting that it was going to die anyway, any chance that it would be found and cared for or survive on its own was taken away from it.

Aswell as many others im sure, id love to chain this poor excuse of a person in a corner and let people watch him suffer.

Comment by Klara
Oct 19, 2007 1:58 AM

Since when is animal abuse an artform? He didn’t have the guts to sit there himself?

Comment by Sjaak
Oct 19, 2007 2:00 AM

I’d like to chain the artist up and let him sit there until he dies of starvation.

Now thats art for you.

Comment by Kyra
Oct 19, 2007 2:06 AM

this guy is sick and so are the people who saw this as art and let the poor dog die like that.

Comment by Tim Sutton
Oct 19, 2007 2:12 AM

My take on this is that this is a rare thing to happen to a dog – normally it is people who are tied up and/or straved, which is a daily occurrence in our world that people only take notice of when it (rarely) steps into their own lives and circumstances. I wouldn’t call this art, but it’s a very good comment on human nature. The artist becomes the tyrant and the onlookers become the masses who simply watch as death is dealt out. Those that think they could make a difference are deflected by the slightest authority.
The dog was found in an area of habitation where people barely survive. Sadly, people seem to say they would take a brick to the artist, where they should really take a brick to the authorities, but they won’t – any ‘animal lovers’ who advocated violence in their comments here would actually do nothing if faced with the real thing – pure bluster. I find it sad to see this poor dog, but even sadder to see people saying such strident thngs about it when they couldn’t give a monkeys about the injustices in society.

Comment by Justitia!
Oct 19, 2007 2:13 AM

You sick fuck!

Comment by Guido Picus
Oct 19, 2007 2:21 AM

What’s incredible is that no one intervened. It’s the indifference and blindness of the public that’s really questioned here.

It’s also incredible how the power of words can control the actions and behaviour of people. “He told everyone not to feed this dog” and everyone obeyed, consumed and conformed. It’s sickening.

Comment by fabienne
Oct 19, 2007 2:24 AM

What a sick sick guy..
Chain him and let him starve .. for me it would be the summum of art..
I have no words to describe how sick I think this guy is. He should be thrown in jail.

Comment by james
Oct 19, 2007 2:39 AM

“so why should you be up in arms over one dogs life?”

I understand dogs die everyday (getting ran over by cars, starvation, etc) – BUT this is different…the “artist” decided killing a dog is “art”.

Comment by Rabarberke Dullemond
Oct 19, 2007 2:41 AM

I have a proposal for a new art project:

Find a cocaine sniffing bastard from Honduras who calls himself artist, Tie him up, beat him almost to death, deny him medical help and then invite a dozen of hungry street dogs for dinner.

Comment by UTREG
Oct 19, 2007 2:43 AM

Art….??? FUCK OFF!!


Comment by Joos
Oct 19, 2007 2:48 AM

This is animal abuse.

Comment by Will
Oct 19, 2007 2:55 AM

While you can draw interesting social conclusions from this, the fact of the matter is that the artist is guilty of animal cruelty and should be punished for it accordingly.

Comment by BleedingHeartLiberal
Oct 19, 2007 2:58 AM

Yeah, GWB should go ahead and bomb Honduras. Spread the democracy!

Comment by Burgelijke Ongehoorzaamheid
Oct 19, 2007 3:00 AM

If this guy is comming to Holland he is a deadman ! I’ll even promise him he is dead before he hits the groud !

Comment by Eric
Oct 19, 2007 3:03 AM

Fuck that fake artist!

Comment by someone
Oct 19, 2007 3:03 AM

There was this similiar case in Finland in 1988 when this so-called-artist killed a cat and masturbated afterward in his video-installation.. maybe I should do a video-installation of killing Teemu Mäki and masturbating afterwards?äki

Comment by Eric
Oct 19, 2007 3:03 AM


Comment by Toon ten Cate
Oct 19, 2007 3:03 AM

I cannot believe this! How is this art. You kill a beatifull dog.
The only thing I’m wishing for is that this so called artist will die slowly.
Perhaps we should find this man and chain the awfull man! If you have two kids you must know love. If you know love how on earth can you do this as a project. You have no heart you sick bastard!

I hope you die! Then your kids feel the loss of a dad…many kids lose their fathers at war…nice other project…???

Sick twat!

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Comment by Leo
Oct 19, 2007 3:07 AM

Hello you fuck, Your a lucky man not living in the Netherlands otherwise i will give you the same treatment as the dog.

Comment by focsa
Oct 19, 2007 3:10 AM

DIE Guillermo Habacuc Vargas !!! Die motherfucker !!!

Comment by Richard Coughlan
Oct 19, 2007 3:11 AM

What a joke. That isnt art, its a dog on a chain. There arent many real artists anymore, just people who cant draw, paint or sculpt anything decent, so they chain a dog up and rely on all the arty morons out there to discuss how brilliant it is.

Id like to chain him up and leave him to die, that wouldnt be art either, but it would be satisfying.

Comment by Eric VanderSanden
Oct 19, 2007 3:14 AM

Guillermo Habacuc Vargas should be roped up to fight starvation and die in his last “masterpiece”.

The Netherlands

Comment by Eric
Oct 19, 2007 3:23 AM

I can’t see the point of keeping this dog tied and let it die for the purpose of art? why didn’t the artists do it to him selve.

To bad, RIP!

Comment by Dennis
Oct 19, 2007 3:24 AM

What a merceless kind of abuse! This is not art, this is madness. Jail for animal abuse for this sicko!

Comment by Nigel
Oct 19, 2007 3:26 AM

I’d like to see this guy stuffed, hanging from a lamp post. Just as an artistic expression.
An other idea might be to throw him – bleeding from several non lethal wounds – to some street dogs.
All in the name of art, of course.

Comment by Dottorenova
Oct 19, 2007 3:31 AM

I like it! But I have my own version of it. I chain modern art artist up in a room and let them starve to death. It’s nearly the same only a different kind of animal.

The shock impact is really great. I’ve already been al over the news and now some stupid rich bastard want to pay me a load of cash for the corpse.

Whatever helps me pay the rent!

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Comment by Sanne
Oct 19, 2007 3:39 AM

Forget the artist, why didn’t anyone do something?! Those visitors are just as guilty! If I had seen this, I’d rip out the etire wall with my bare hands if nesecary! Or at least give that poor animal the dog food that was just out of its reach!

Comment by Bas
Oct 19, 2007 3:42 AM

I dont have any words that can describe my feelings about this. This makes me so angry. This artist says that people cannot say anything about this because there also dogs that die on the streets. But those dogs can walk and try to find food for themselves. This so called artist ties the dog to a wall and let hem die there. This is so horrible. I wished I was there at the moment so I could do something for that dog. Now it’s too late..

Comment by Rieni Otten
Oct 19, 2007 3:42 AM

I hope this artist will die of cancer. In fact, I am sure god will punish him by giving him cancer. Please keep him in the spotlight so that we all can enjoy watching the cancer eating him.

Comment by Frans
Oct 19, 2007 3:43 AM

Stupid idiot that artists is.

The best art would be HIS face against a wall to be smashed.

Comment by richard kramer
Oct 19, 2007 3:45 AM

Let the motherfucker die in the jungle. Tie him to a tree and let him die.
If i can get my hands on him i do it myself.

Comment by WIllem
Oct 19, 2007 3:45 AM


Comment by jol
Oct 19, 2007 3:47 AM

Chain him and lock him. Stupid f*ck dont give him food

Comment by Yvette Schroers
Oct 19, 2007 3:57 AM

All these people should die; prefferably situated in some creative artistic statement, such as a pile of staked humanoids, presented to you by 666…
It’s the peoples fault anyway the situation on this planet is so disgusting

Another civilization ends, and it’s up to you all if you’re worth the next level or will all be exterminated like any other creepy parasite plague!


Comment by rodger de vries
Oct 19, 2007 4:00 AM

sent him to me ,ill make art of him!!!

Comment by Nope
Oct 19, 2007 4:01 AM

This ‘artist’ has his head up his ass.

Comment by Kill those people
Oct 19, 2007 4:01 AM

i hate.d.a fkfj;oawehfiwehjpgfe

Comment by Helen
Oct 19, 2007 4:05 AM

i think that every time this artists work is shown people that visit the gallery should leave a can of dog food as a protest against him.

Comment by Matthew
Oct 19, 2007 4:06 AM

All these comments are proof of one thing, this is art.

Doesn’t mean I would condone it, in fact I would have tried to stop it, but it was a display that evoked human emotion. That’s what makes powerful art.

Comment by anonymous
Oct 19, 2007 4:06 AM

I would chain this guys b***s and leave him to rot without any food…
There are many people dying of hunger, why not try this on the artist?

Comment by fromSpain
Oct 19, 2007 4:11 AM

i would take the “artist” and chain up him, after that, i will let him die. He said this is art, didnt he??

Comment by Max Powers
Oct 19, 2007 4:15 AM

People here read “guy kills dog” and stop thinking.
Why does everyone go crazy when a dog dies in the gallery, and why does noone care when the same dog dies somewhere on the streets?

That’s the question he is trying to pose. So many dogs are dying on the street, he took the effort to, in his own way, bring this problem under the attention of the general public.

All other people just walk by.

Comment by Vincent
Oct 19, 2007 4:19 AM

He’s probably suffering from the paintersdisease…

Comment by Excess
Oct 19, 2007 4:30 AM

I hope the ‘artist’ will die and burn in hell!

Comment by adogg
Oct 19, 2007 4:36 AM

What a pile of shit that guy is, he thinks that is art or a statement! This dude needs to go back to Art school and pay attention!

Comment by 010 rotterdam netherlands
Oct 19, 2007 4:37 AM

This “artist” better never come to the Netherlands, the artist is a sick human, lets do this with sick humans. It is easy to kill a dog, and you call this art ??, i hope they do the same with the sick artist. Then i will come and take a look !!.

Comment by Jan
Oct 19, 2007 4:37 AM

Art sucks bigtime!

Comment by ray
Oct 19, 2007 4:40 AM

that pictures just make me sick.

what did that dog do to deserve starvation?
on the street he could at least find his food.

hopefully someone does the same with his wife and kids as art.

than he can watch every day how his family is starving to death.

why do people think they are better than animals so they can do such horrible things.

i rather trust an dog than an human being as an good friend

Comment by Erwin Muskee
Oct 19, 2007 4:49 AM

Sick animal abuser

Comment by ed
Oct 19, 2007 4:58 AM

you people and your kneejerk mob responses are the art piece, he let a dying dog die and now all of you, right on cue, are desperately craving violence against another fellow human being. if you had seen this sick dog dying in an alley very few of you would have done a damn thing, but suddenly now you’re saints of righteous indignation.

meanwhile so many children are dying around you and you stop by starbucks for your latte and keep on moving, can’t be bothered.

Comment by Osta
Oct 19, 2007 4:59 AM

Guillermo Habacuc Vargas, I hope you’ll never pass my way becuase I will hurt you so bad you wish you would be dead, you sick bastard!

Comment by yayer
Oct 19, 2007 5:02 AM

I suggest we should chain the artist, not feeding him and let him feel the same…

Comment by chris
Oct 19, 2007 5:05 AM


who the hell is this artist??or is he an artist at all?? The pictures are outrageous and no way you can put your point or whatever bullshit by giving pain to harmless animal like this, this is sick!!
Lets make an art now, how about a fuckin dyin artist wrapped in chains?
give ur call guys!!

Oct 19, 2007 5:09 AM

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Comment by jacques willemen
Oct 19, 2007 5:16 AM

We mankind make the same art every day
daily 25,000 people die of hunger
instead of producing more food to provide these 25,000 people of something to eat we produce more corn, soyabeans and canesucre to make biofuells of it with which we fuell our cars
we do so because we have to make sure our economy stays on a growlevel/scenario and we use those fuells because we don’t want to pollute our enviorement
but still our economy goes not well, why is that?
that is because we forget to feed an extra 25,000 people a day with something to eat so they stay a live to buy the products we unnessecerelay overproduce
indeed we have very strange economic principles

in dutch
zo maken wij mensen wel meer van dergelijke kunst
op dit moment sterven dagelijks 25.000 mensen direct door of aan de gevolgen van de honger
i.p.v. meer voedsel te produceren om deze mensen eten te geven, produceren we meer maïs, soya en suikerriet om er biobrandstof van te maken voor onze slurpende amerikaan of duitser
want onze economie moet draaien en die economie van ons is anders erg vervuilend en dat willen we niet
maar waarom draait onze economie zo slecht?
we verzuimen voedsel te verkopen, dus geld te verdienen met het verkopen van voedsel aan per dag een extra 25.000 mensen
we produceren elke dag van alles en nog wat, dat we eigenlijk niet nodig hebben, maar we kunnen het ook niet verkopen omdat er elke dag 25.000 mensen minder zijn waaraan we het kunnen verkopen

hele vreemde economische principes houden we er op na

Oct 19, 2007 5:16 AM

Comment by Henk Holland
Oct 19, 2007 5:18 AM

This MOFO deserves to die.

Comment by Zorak
Oct 19, 2007 5:18 AM

I call bullshit. I don’t believe this happened. There are no real news sources for this story; everything is a blog or a petitions site. Do you really believe that a dog could be starved publicly without causing an outcry? Newspapers and TV news programs live for this stuff. Find a real news source or admit it is someone’s idea of a joke.

Comment by paul
Oct 19, 2007 5:28 AM

there’s really no excuse whatsoever for this animal cruelty. i know we don’t live in the middle ages anymore but this ‘artist’ deserves the same fate.

Comment by ellen
Oct 19, 2007 5:32 AM

You got to be kidding waht kind off gallery aproved this kind off anymall crouwlty??????

i,f is was up to me to punisch that raving lunatic i would tie up in chains en told everyone not to feed him of give him water let him die slowly .
verry verry slowly that muther f***********

rest in peace dear dog !!!

Comment by Rik
Oct 19, 2007 5:32 AM

Too bad Guillermo Habacuc Vargas is not living in my town. I would like to bring him a personal visit then!
I would pay a lot of money to kick Guillermo Habacuc Vargas his fat ass!!!

Comment by suzan
Oct 19, 2007 5:35 AM

If i ever run into this guy , i will run him down with my car and let him stay there untill he dies and will call it art to.
He’s just a sick piece of ….. Why didnt he tied himself down then he would be an artist in my eyes.

Comment by Ben Wuyts
Oct 19, 2007 5:36 AM

this man must get the sentence such as he that to that dog have given!

Is this art??! where has this finished within some years?

animals have also right survive!

Comment by Almog Kurtser
Oct 19, 2007 5:42 AM

This is sick. we’re sinking.

Comment by Marcel Elkenbracht
Oct 19, 2007 5:49 AM

You sick fuck!

Comment by Mani
Oct 19, 2007 5:50 AM

Can’t you see? The artist is trying to show us how easily people can be brainwashed. How easy it is to have people just follow orders. Do what they are told. ‘Do not feed this dog’, and then people don’t feed it. Because they are told so. Makes you think back to WWII and the Holocaust. ‘Kill jews, because that is what’s good.’ And people did it. Or Rwanda: ‘Tutsi’s are cockroaches, they must be crushed’. And people did it. Or indeed the experiments somebody else was talking about in the comments, where people were asked to ask other people questions, and if the answer was wrong, they had to give them an electric shock. You couldn’t SEE the questionned people, but you could hear them. And even though they were screaming often, most people still gave the shocks. Because they were told to.

Lesson: Always, always ask yourself: WHY?

Comment by Petra
Oct 19, 2007 5:53 AM

all those people in this thread that are so worried about this incident might wonder if there isnt any far greater animal abuse in a store near to them that they should worry about.

Comment by e. sprenger
Oct 19, 2007 5:54 AM

It would be a great performance if he tied himself up on the Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008
and say to the audience not to feed him.
It would be a much better project to see this ashole die .

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Comment by Spanners
Oct 19, 2007 6:10 AM


“but i mean it’s life man. it’s cruel and inhumane. people are dying everywhere in the world as much as i’m sure dogs are dying, both for food and lack there of. so why should you be up in arms over one dogs life?”

Why? To try to stop this kind of inhumanity, this callousness for it’s own sake from happening. If you don’t, nobody will. If nobody does, then art galleries will fill with stinking dog carcasses. Then art critics will redfine ‘art’ based on whatever is presented to them in the galleries. Notice a pattern?

Comment by layla
Oct 19, 2007 6:12 AM

This guys deserves to be chained and starved to death for the sake of all that is right in this world. The day someone pays some kids to find him and torture him for the sake of art…i’ll gladly go to that exhibit!!! And the other people who didn’t stand up against this to save the poor animal should be put on a ship then dumped somewhere in the middle of the ocean. Seriously, what does this say about our society now in days?

Comment by Richard Allsebrook
Oct 19, 2007 6:14 AM

I don’t care what the ‘artist’ is trying to say. In no stretch of the imagination is this art. This is sick.

Comment by Harvstylz
Oct 19, 2007 6:19 AM

Regardless of how sick the dog was this is sick and disgusting get the dog put down if it was suffering that much or get it some help.

I would have prefered some body chain up the artist with a sign saying don’t feed him. If he was trying to make a point or some gesture he has done it in a poor manner. In my eyes all he has done was bring more suffering to a poor animals life which is honestly, evil.

Comment by GeologyJoe
Oct 19, 2007 6:23 AM

The ‘artist’ should be chained to a wall and left to die.

Comment by chimochimo
Oct 19, 2007 6:37 AM

Its disgusting, it makes people scream animal cruelty…but make no mistake, it is still art. Art isn’t always Mickey Mouse, abstract paint, and illustrations on coffee cups. He was making a statement. It was loud, it was fierce, and most people won’t be able to get over the medium, but as art is, he had to do it anyway.

As for the incident itself, how many of you shocked and horrified people actually help strays on the street when you see them? For that matter, who helps the homeless, or helps vote better politicians in to office to help other people world-wide??? If any of you where there, and someone told you “don’t feed the dog” you would walk out pissed and miserable and bitch to your coworkers and friends for the next week. No one would actually try to do anything to help. The artist probably knew this, which amplified his stage even further to the point.

Comment by George Gillies
Oct 19, 2007 6:38 AM

What a fucking dickhead.
He should die.
I want to kill him right now.

Oct 19, 2007 6:40 AM

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Comment by VitaiminCM
Oct 19, 2007 6:41 AM

If someone tortured this “artist” to death in front of an audience, would they think that it was art?
Besides the fact that this guy has an obvious mental defect, what’s wrong with all of the other people who stood by and let it happen?
Yes, I know we all “stand by” and let other things happen like poverty and the like. However, this is a purposely manufactured tragedy that would take no effort to correct.

Comment by Chris
Oct 19, 2007 6:49 AM

“ART”?! This is the purest animal abuse I’ve ever seen.. I’d love to use the words of Steven Seagal (ok, ok, ok, it’s not the most respectfull ‘artist’, but whatever..) said in one of his movies: “Fuck you and die”.. and that’s just an understatement. Asshole.

Comment by Renat
Oct 19, 2007 6:57 AM

The dog was sick and didn’t want to eat. – It is written on the page. you should be prosecuted.

Comment by Jef De Boeck
Oct 19, 2007 7:07 AM

lets put Guillermo Habacuc Vargas on a chain without food!!!

Comment by commenter
Oct 19, 2007 7:10 AM

Jeremias: “By doing this outrageous art experiment, this artist has gotten people to talk and wake up.”

Maybe somebody should do the same for torture or rape. Those are really important subjects.

Cos like, people need to wake up, yeah?

So, are you ready to volunteer to be the subject of the ‘art’?

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Comment by fatso
Oct 19, 2007 7:13 AM

i’m an artist, and all for free expression. but free expression has to have its limits. this guy is not an artist, but a sadist. what he did was morally and ethically wrong. whatever his point was, he could have made it without killing the dog. sick.

as for ‘Fred 2007-10-18 14:14:34’… go fuck yourself. what on earth does diversity have to do with any of this?

Comment by René
Oct 19, 2007 7:21 AM

I’m thinking of becoming an artist, please i need the adres of the “artist” form the artpiece shown above so i can starve him in a gallery.

Comment by Cursim
Oct 19, 2007 7:22 AM

What a disgusting waste of life. Someone should chain up this artist, see if he likes having a bunch of ‘art-loving’ morons watch him die.

Just sickening.

Comment by Shon
Oct 19, 2007 7:23 AM

This is to Fred Re: “This guy deserves to die.”
I own 3 dogs and love them all dearly, but in a country where there are thousand a diesease ridden street dogs, it was bound to happen anyways, I’m not justifying what the “artist” did, but he doesn’t deserve to die Fred……..Peace Guys………

Comment by Gosia
Oct 19, 2007 7:26 AM

This artist is a fucken disgusting! I just home one day someone chains you up and watches you die like the fucken animal that you are. This is just unmoral and sadistic! I hope no one buys your art and you die a long painful death!!!

Comment by netherlands
Oct 19, 2007 7:31 AM


Comment by deep links
Oct 19, 2007 7:42 AM

no can’t say that its art

Comment by Paul
Oct 19, 2007 7:43 AM

Its not art, its entertainment 😉

Comment by abbey
Oct 19, 2007 8:02 AM

I hope somebody kills this man in a terrible way……

Comment by rob
Oct 19, 2007 8:05 AM

I think it does say something and yes I am an artist. It says something en-light of the Michael Vick stuff and other cases dealing with animal abuse.

HOWEVER the approach was wrong, if it were me i would have used a corpse of a dog who had already died, rather than actively kill the dog. It would have still stirred controversy, but would have been more humane. That might have defeated the artists point, but still it would have been better.

Comment by Jake Tamblin
Oct 19, 2007 8:09 AM

this guy is sick… thats not art… some one tie him up

Comment by ching
Oct 19, 2007 8:10 AM

and we gasp in horror when we hear of incidents whereby dogs maul their owners?

damnit, this is abject cruelty, why doesn the artist inflict his ‘artistic inspiration’ himself instead? anyway artists gain more reputation after they’re dead . pfffft.

Comment by alfonrock
Oct 19, 2007 8:20 AM

the “other language” in the link is spanish you ignorant bastard

Comment by Dylan Braverman
Oct 19, 2007 8:27 AM

Usually, I find modern art absurd and soulless. In this case, it is barbaric. I would like to rip out his intenstines and splatter them on his mother’s wall and call that my masterpiece.

Comment by Elles
Oct 19, 2007 8:28 AM

This guy need to die. To treath a poor animal like this is sick. There’s another person who did it also: Saddam Hussein. Think that says enough.

phil herman,,I don’t understand it either. Are those people SICK??

Oct 19, 2007 8:30 AM

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Comment by Johnny Boy
Oct 19, 2007 8:40 AM

The artist should be chained up, and starved to death.

Comment by zac
Oct 19, 2007 8:50 AM

this is cruel and sick. i think we should starve this person in a gallery and tell people to treat him like an animal. im an artist and this is NOT art. this is sadistic.

Comment by Ireth
Oct 19, 2007 8:51 AM

This guy is sick. This is definitely animal abuse.
I hope some guys will pick him up, take him home and chain him up until he himself dies.

Comment by antonio
Oct 19, 2007 9:00 AM

How can he call himself an artist if he has so limited creativity? There are thousand other ways to portray the same message. There is no art in destruction. The man is a murderer and so are all the attendants who did nothing to save the dog. Shame on you. He’s a snob and a narcissist. He should be arrested and scorned for that. Shame on you, shame on you.

Comment by atb
Oct 19, 2007 9:00 AM

should anyone kill this idiot for art?

Comment by Vincenzo
Oct 19, 2007 9:02 AM

If he had done this to himself, then it would have been art. That would have been a powerful piece. I understand what he was trying to do, but it is wrong.

Another approach he could have taken was to ask a junkie to fix as much as he wanted in a confined area till he OD’ed.

I would be fine with either choice because in both instances the person knowingly is harming themselves. The dog is an innocent victim. Shame on anyone that saw that poor animal and did nothing.

Comment by Jos - Belgium
Oct 19, 2007 9:17 AM

let’s chain this so called artist and let him die, in the name of art

Comment by Steve
Oct 19, 2007 9:24 AM

I can imagine the dog lovers are up in arms about this… the same dog lovers that abandon their dogs for 9 hours straight every day while they work.

At least this abject cruelty was short relative to the protracted neglect over years I see from most dog “lovers”.

Comment by superamn
Oct 19, 2007 9:29 AM

His reasoning behind the art is dumb. Its like saying, people are dying everyday in Iraq and no one is doing anything about it, so lets shoot a guy in the head here in my art gallery so people will be more aware of it… sick

Comment by Space Ace
Oct 19, 2007 9:30 AM

it doesn’t matter whether the dog would have died anyway or not. It matters what the “artist” did. And what this man did, is something that would be described by almost everyone you’ll meet as wrong.

What rubs me the wrong way is that he did it in the name of “art”. This tendency in the art world has long since annoyed the living daylights out of me. Apparently you can get away with anything these days, as long as you attach the proper label to it. And for useless, batshit insane stuff that wouldn’t be tolerated from someone with Down’s, it’s art.

Comment by Richard
Oct 19, 2007 9:39 AM

This person is sick. I hope he dies a more cruel death than that he had caused on the poor defenseless dog.

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Comment by Rusty
Oct 19, 2007 9:50 AM

I would like to tie that artist in a room and feed him piss until he dies.

Comment by Eva
Oct 19, 2007 9:53 AM

you’re kidding????

if it’s real, this artist’s STUPID!!!!

Comment by Light
Oct 19, 2007 9:58 AM

Dear Steve,

I took in 3 stray dog over the past years. Yes,- I do leave for work every morning, come home for lunch (every day) and when I get home, they have my FULL attention. While I am gone, they have food, water, toys and ..eachother. So…I AM a “dog-lover”, as you say. Does that put me in the same category as this freak? He killed a helpless dog for fame, I saved 3 dogs that would have starved without help. WAIT, WAIT…Yeah!!! I can see how we are alike….NEXT TIME: THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE A COMMENT !!!

Comment by JimmyF
Oct 19, 2007 10:11 AM

I would rather kill a human being than an animal.

I would like to strap Vargas into a chair and make him watch as I cut pieces off his mother with a rusty saw.

I hope Vargas himself dies an awful, awful, agonising death.

Comment by John Solomon
Oct 19, 2007 10:15 AM

This is how third world scum live. Honduras. What a wonderful, enlightened place that is! NOT!
Keep third world scum out of WHITE countries, for a start.
They hate animals as much as they hate people. That’s why their countries are shitty and dysfunctional: shocking child abuse is absolutely the norm for 99% of third world savages, which is WHY they are third world savages. Unable to trust, think, nor care for anybody but themselves, their societies are backward and war-torn.

Comment by Shalini Jaswal
Oct 19, 2007 10:17 AM

This is really discusting…. he should be BANNED

Comment by KingofSports
Oct 19, 2007 10:23 AM

Definitely a jackass. Please SIGN THE PETITION so he doesn’t get “awarded” for not having real talent and killing a poor dog that needed a home and calling that “art”

The best part of it: It just wasn’t enough to tie up the dog and leave it there: This “artist” wrote something on the wall next to the dog USING DOG FOOD. Food that he obviously never gave to the poor dog.

Not even Costa Ricans are happy with this guy. Everyone wants to do the same “artistic installation” with him.

Comment by shdwsclan
Oct 19, 2007 10:36 AM

Thats fuckin awesome.

Most of you dont understand this art at all. Its called shock art, and it does get many points across.

Here are the points, in case you missed them.

1. Dogs are stupid
The dog was NOT chained to anything. A thin rope was used to tie the dog to a wire. An intelligent animal, like a cat, would of chewed through it. Or, if the animal is not stupid, then the animal chose to die.

2. Honduras is a shit hole
Now, all you call the artist bad names. It not like he did this to specifically kill the animal. He wanted to see if anyone would actually release the animal, would anyone have the audacity. It odd, that if people were told that he was an art exibit and not to feed him, and they saw him there for days on end, obviously sick, then why did they not release him….hmm….

So there you have it. The artist is guilty of nothing.

Go ahead, tie me up, just like that dog…..ill be out within the hour, even if you tied my hand, i would chew through the rope…

Oct 19, 2007 10:36 AM

I consider this a very sick man. Hopefully this kind of behavior will be banned from the world.

Oct 19, 2007 10:38 AM

What a sick man! I hope this kind of behavior will be banned from our planet!

Comment by thomas
Oct 19, 2007 10:42 AM

This is so revolutionary. L’Art pour l’art meme.
If a beast’s life is to be lost, so be it. Props to Mr. Habacuc.

Oct 19, 2007 10:46 AM

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Comment by R. Jones-Strand
Oct 19, 2007 10:49 AM

Deliberately causing an animal to die by neglect is not art. Even non-activists and non-animal-lovers can see this is cruelty of an extreme extent. Its the same as sadistically torturing and causing an animal to go through severe amounts of pain for your own pleasure and personal gain. Its DISGUSTING.

Comment by Kevin
Oct 19, 2007 11:01 AM

You piece of fucking shit, I’ve got an idea for some art, its me thrusting a crowbar up your ass for days at a time. Someone set this motherfucker on fire.

Comment by Leigh
Oct 19, 2007 11:14 AM

shdwsclan, you sicko, the same should be done to you using handcuffs.

Comment by Pim
Oct 19, 2007 11:16 AM

Hope you die soon in a very painfull manner, and every visitor of this ‘gallery’ too !

Oct 19, 2007 11:35 AM

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Comment by Jesse
Oct 19, 2007 11:45 AM

I have a beautiful pitbull, and if anything ever happened to her I don’t know what I’d do

Comment by CMC
Oct 19, 2007 11:50 AM

Why? I hate people like this, ART? are you FuCk%^&ng kidding me!
STOP him!!!

Comment by sharkbomb
Oct 19, 2007 12:00 PM

Who is more depraved–the “artist”, or the people that actually visited this gallery and went along with the slow, systematic torture of this helpless animal?
Thanks for further proving what I already know–most people funtional sociopaths.

Comment by JP
Oct 19, 2007 12:03 PM

@ Thomas:

If You think everything is allowed in the name of so called “art” than you are just as retarded as Mr. Habacuc thus you should be hanged by your balls.
Think about that You worthless piece of crap.

Comment by Lahaye Lucienne
Oct 19, 2007 12:10 PM

I’ll write it in french :

Cet homme mérite le même sort que celui qu’il inflige aux pauvres animaux sans défense – dommage que ce soit répréhensible
De plus quel exemple montre-t-il à ses enfants, impensable.
Quel avenir ces enfants là réserveront-ils au monde, je n’ose y penser.

Comment by Doggystyle
Oct 19, 2007 12:17 PM

I hope this motherfucking sicko burn in hell.

Comment by Scott
Oct 19, 2007 12:50 PM

You realize these reactions are exactly the point the artist is trying to make. It also amazes me how this site has left out the key point the artist was trying to make. But of course..most probably wouldn’t care to investigate it.

Comment by andres
Oct 19, 2007 12:51 PM

people make mistakes; art is the first to learn those lessons. condemning this person is just ignorant; to say you dont agree with it is civil to send this person to hell is sinful. for who are to to judge and convict.

hell is for those who believe in it assholes…

Comment by Jeronimo
Oct 19, 2007 12:55 PM

Here is an artproject for you: Let´s tie the artist down in chains and let him starve to death. People should not feed him. If he is a true artist he should sacrifice everything for his art, including his life. What a sicko.

Comment by Are you kidding me
Oct 19, 2007 1:00 PM

i hope somebody ties this sicko up so we can use him as art!

Comment by Connie
Oct 19, 2007 1:00 PM

You Call This Art?!?!?! I call it Sick?!?!?!?!
You will pay for this.

Comment by Marty Svwartzman
Oct 19, 2007 1:06 PM

What a sick fuck. And these Spics are invading our civilization. Deserves a bullet between the eyes.

Comment by Fatoe Breker
Oct 19, 2007 1:08 PM

Andres, no youre being ignorant.
makers of this should stand trial for this.
i hope they get hard punischment.

this art isnt art and proving a point, its just a gimmick. Disgrace!

Comment by JS
Oct 19, 2007 1:12 PM

Not a dog lover but this is horrendous.

Comment by Marissa
Oct 19, 2007 1:19 PM

You don’t have to believe in Hell for it to be real. It just IS.

And this scum-bag excuse of a person, unless he believes in Jesus, repents of ALL his sins, (especially this sick one), and accepts Christ into his life will most DEFINITELY go to Hell. And I’m sure if he does, Satan will devise a very creative torture method for him that’s worse than what he did to this dog.

Comment by Alex Fear
Oct 19, 2007 1:19 PM

One question to those who say they would have done something:

What did you do the last time you visited the zoo and the zookeeper told you not to feed the animals?

Did you rip the bars open with your bear hand hand present the lions with your cucumber sandwiches?

No, didn’t think so.

I guess you don’t adopt every stray you see on the street or fly to the nearest war-torn country and adopt every child you meet either…

Comment by René from the Dutch Café
Oct 19, 2007 1:31 PM

I would like to have that guy in my exhibition.I am doing an art-project on people and their pets.
Reading the article,I’ve got the idea to put this so called artist in the same position as the unfortunated dog.I prommiss I will keep him alive during the exebition and afterwards will put him to sleep,permenently!

Comment by nabin
Oct 19, 2007 1:40 PM

Let’s tie him too! (only for a week , and lets see his bone-arts: Lets just not kill him)

Comment by Bart
Oct 19, 2007 2:18 PM

The artist, the event, the country… what the fuck?

Comment by Hope he dies
Oct 19, 2007 2:42 PM

The sick bastard, he deserves tenfold worse than this.
I hope he rots in hell.

Comment by Nick
Oct 19, 2007 3:00 PM

Heey, you f#cking SOB!
Don’t come to the Netherlands, I WILL find you and let you eat your own balls!

Comment by Nick
Oct 19, 2007 3:11 PM

Thats lame, this guy thinks hes an artist, hes just full of himself.

Comment by Joanne Ventresca
Oct 19, 2007 3:14 PM

This bastard needs to be killed – let me do it. I promise to make him suffer far more than that poor dog did. It would make me very happy to kill this vile freak.

Comment by Bob Sundy
Oct 19, 2007 3:23 PM

This dog probably would have died on the street anyways. What a bunch of hypocrits! If you walked by this dog on the street you all would have passed by and done nothing. Dog dying = no big loss. Spend your energy on something useful.

Comment by Joanne Ventresca
Oct 19, 2007 3:24 PM

So the entire citizenry of Hondorus are shithead freaks allowing animals to be treated like this? Everyone single bastard who walked into that so-called exhibit shoudl be in jail for allowing it to go on!!! They are all guilty. The freak artist needs to be killed ASAP before he does this again, but all those people who stood around while this dog was dying in agony all need to be tossed in jail. What kind of vile and heinous country is this anyway?? Nuke em all

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Comment by Jennifer T
Oct 19, 2007 3:39 PM

I want that useless waste of flesh that thinks torturing an animal is “art”, and all the filth that allowed it to happen, to be starved to death tied a foot short of a huge feast. To limpdick Bob Sundy, at least the poor thing would have had a chance to eat. It was tied up iwth no hope of avoiding the suffering. I hope you suffer on the way out too, you nauseating swine. I feed starving animals if I see them you maggot.

Comment by joanne
Oct 19, 2007 4:10 PM

You’d think the bastards standing around looking at it would have done something.

Comment by Crystal
Oct 19, 2007 5:07 PM

Re: to Bob Sundy,

Are you serious?? How can possibly predict what someone like myself would do? Maybe you would walk right by a starving homeless dog, but I for one would never. And just what do YOU recommend we spend our energy on? I’m very interested to know. Apparently, being humane, caring or even compassionate is useless? It’s because of thoughtless people like you that things like this and much worse for that matter, will continue to go on with no repercussions.

Comment by Donald
Oct 19, 2007 5:13 PM

Everyone is so bitter about what this made did. Are you all so fucking retarded as to get emotional about the death of ONE animal. Thousands of fully-conscious animals–and let’s not forget us humans–are mistreating and killed, daily, and this guy deserves to rot in hell? You’re all so fucking retarded.

Comment by Charles
Oct 19, 2007 5:31 PM

put him in prison with Mr. Vick but first strave him (almost) to death

Comment by Ben Swieskowski
Oct 19, 2007 6:10 PM

I think we should tie up this man and watch [i]him[/i] starve to death. That would actually qualify as art.

Comment by Ben Swieskowski
Oct 19, 2007 6:17 PM

Dogs have been breed over millenia to seek human affection and trust humans above all else. This is a grost misuse of this situation, and the man responsible is heartless and cruel. Everyone who sponsored this show should be boycotted. I regret that I feel compelled to comment on this because this is probably exactly what the “artist” wanted, and I bet he is reading these comments and having a good laugh right now.

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Comment by Eric
Oct 19, 2007 6:41 PM

It says in Spanish:
On the wall at the end that you see from the entrance, the text read: You are what you read. The letters were made up of dog food.
A sick street dog died in the gallery because they didn’t feed it.
I found out that the dog died the following day because of a lack of food. During the inauguration, I found out that the dog was chased between houses of aluminum and cardboard in a Barrio (poor neighborhood) of Managua called Santo de Habacuc. I couldn’t verify this at the time. The 5 Children that helped in the pursuit, were given 10 Cordobas for their help. During the exhibition, some of the gallery-goers asked that the dog be freed, which the artist refused. The name of the dog was “Natividad.” He was left to die of hunger in full view of everyone. It was as if the death of a poor dog was purely an interesting event, in that nobody did anything more than applaud or look disconcerted.
We definetly are what we eat: Pure dog food.
In the area where the dog was “exhibited,” there was only a metal cable and a rope. The dog was tremendously sick, hardly able to walk, and didn’t want to eat anyhow. He would have died anyhow of natural causes. That’s how it is with all the poor (street) dogs. Sooner or later, they all die.

Comment by Andy
Oct 19, 2007 6:44 PM

I agree with joanne. That one picture of everyone standing around, having cocktail chatter with each other, right in front of this abomination…it made me literally sick to my stomach. After actually crying for a bit, I thought about how I would’ve immediately ripped that chain out of the wall and taken that dog to the nearest vet, then to my home! If art is meant to provoke, it sure as Hell would’ve put me into action.

Comment by Stephen
Oct 19, 2007 6:55 PM

I reckon someone may have already brought this up, but have any of you considered the possibility that the immediate juxtaposition of “art enthusiasts” and the starving dog in the room is supposed to be a direct metaphor for the national and global disparity of wealth and income, and that your outrage over this single suffering dog, but not all the people this dog represents, is exactly the point of this piece?

Comment by art lover
Oct 19, 2007 7:18 PM

I think it’s an interesting exhibit. I don’t understand why people are upset. It’s a dog, not a human. Some humans are so lonely and pathetic that they try to humanize animals to fill a void in their life. And most of these same humans are hypocrites because they have no problem eating meat. A dog is no different than a cow in that regard. I have had both dog and cat and it’s quite tasty.

I have seen another exhibit where they had 6 blenders lined up with a live kitten inside of each of them. By the end of the night every one of the blenders had its button pushed and the kittens were chopped up. I do consider that art because it put out a message that anyone can relate to.

Comment by PomMom (Dawn)
Oct 19, 2007 7:18 PM

I hope someone hunts him down and kills him. He better watch his back! What sick delusional son-of-a-bitch could even consider doing that and have the audacity to call it art? I want to see him DEAD AND ROTTING! What slime!

Comment by trends
Oct 19, 2007 7:28 PM

This is horrible. If he would have starved himself ini a gallery with images of starving children, it would have been more of an artistic statement.

I agree with Joanne
“You’d think the bastards standing around looking at it would have done something.”

Why did’nt anyone else report this guy or let the dog go? Amazing?

Comment by mongo
Oct 19, 2007 8:51 PM

Awesome exhibition – pity they didn’t use my neighbours dog – barks too much

Comment by Chris Richards
Oct 19, 2007 9:40 PM

Totally disgusting, did no one think to call the Animal control on this supposed work of art? How many people walked past this exhibit of cruelty and said nothing?

Comment by Chris Richards
Oct 19, 2007 9:42 PM

Did no one who walked past this so called exhibit of art complain or report it to the SPCA, or Animal control? What was wrong with those people that they could see that and not report it?

Comment by ertworks
Oct 19, 2007 10:08 PM

This is fucking disgusting. I am an art major an can completely appreciate the difficulty of making an artistic statement in this day and age, but the torture of innocents, be it dog, goldfish, or child is completely reprehensible. It is not art in any way, shape or form. I cannot believe that no one at least stepped forward and put the poor dog out of its misery. I don’t care that dogs are not as pampered in that culture as they are in the US, deliberately torturing an animal to death should be abhorrent to any civilized human. If I could find this guy I would string him up by his nuts in a glass box for passeres by to gawk and leave him there with a dull fucking spoon for company and see how he felt about the situation.

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Comment by Jon
Oct 20, 2007 1:48 AM

People that appreciate art are people that appreciate life. This is natural because without life, you cannot enjoy art.

take away life, you take away art. At some point we have to stop accepting this BS that morons consider art, fools weigh in on as “co;ol”, and the rest of us remain silent.

Don’t just comment here. Sign the petition. Who cares what happens to the guy, but if we send the message, loud and clear that this is does not deserve the title “art”, then maybe, morons will stop killing innocents in the name of “art”

Comment by Jon
Oct 20, 2007 1:59 AM

Oh, and by the way,

All you whiners, saying that, “the dog deserved to die”, “the dog would have died anyway”, and particularly “i wish it was my neighbors dog”….

are you so desensitized by the violence and death that you see on TV that you can’t accept the gravity of this situation?

Do you not realize that what you see on TV while you sit on your couch, adding to the “count” of “who’s watching” is NOT REAL????

You just condemned to death an innocent creature because your selfish brain couldn’t wrap itself around the value of life?

I just hope that when it is your eternal soul on the line, the “judge and jury” are a little more lenient than you.

Why don’t you go out and chain up a living thing and watch it as it starves to death.

Your “idealistic” view of what went down here is sick. You have nothing to base your commendation of this act on. You think this is TV? What does it matter if one life is ended? Who Cares? WE DO. The ones that have commented here do. The ones that have signed the petition do.

Does that mean that attention should not be turned on the other attrocities against humanity (and other living things)? NO, NO, NO. All of these things deserve attention. But not at the cost of MORE lives.

Throwing away this dogs life is not the way to draw attention to the horror of animal (and human) cruelty. This is no better than “paying” money to someone to help you with your gambling addiction.. or trying to drink away you alcoholism. YOU ARE NOT HELPING ANYONE. so stop before you hurt anyone else.

Comment by Seth
Oct 20, 2007 2:21 AM

How sick can you be!?

I hope signing the petition will help a bit…

Comment by Deepa Darshini A.
Oct 20, 2007 5:05 AM

I hope this freak gets run down by a steam roller and has to have his remains scraped off the street.

He should use self-induced gangrene on his body parts as art instead of torturing innocent animals.

I can’t come up with a foul word befitting as it is yet to be created. He must be a reincarnation of the Satan himself.

Comment by Gried
Oct 20, 2007 7:18 AM

Ban that motherf*cker! I surely hope he rots in hell!

Comment by Monica Schreiber
Oct 20, 2007 8:25 AM

This story is shocking. But what should be more shocking is the fact that dogs die in this same way (albeit with out the supposed “art” element) every day in this country, as it is legal, even considered acceptable, to keep a dog chained 24/7 in most places in this country. Perpetually chained dogs constantly die from starvation, thirst and neglect. Chains wrapped around trees, out of sight, out of mind to the owners. Dogs spent pacing the same patch of dirt and feces for five, ten, fifteen years. I see it every day as a volunteer for Dogs Deserve Better. Learn what you can do to change minds and laws at

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Comment by Matt Soames
Oct 20, 2007 9:31 AM

Let’s chain him in a corner, starve him to death, and call it art.
He’ll at least die for his ’cause’, and be part of performance art like very few ‘artistes’ get to be.

Comment by misty
Oct 20, 2007 9:41 AM

no offense to anyone here, but have any of you been to honduras??? there are barley any human services there, let alone animal control. although i don’t agree with the artist’s manner of going about proving a point, i see what he is saying. did any of the gallery goers even think to disobey the request not to feed the dog???? or better, cut the dog loose????
i think he is proving a point of selfish human existence, and the lack of humanitarianism in the honduran culture. hell, when i was there i met kids who were living in cardboard boxes without parents and no one else gave any thought to helping them…

Comment by Angry
Oct 20, 2007 10:23 AM

No one stopped this guy?

What a bunch of pussies.

I’d have beat his ass and then fed the dog.

Lack of action is approval you know.

Comment by Thomas
Oct 20, 2007 10:53 AM

Guillermo Habacuc Vargas probably hasn’t a real talent so he tries something like this to make a point. All these artist who think people want to hear their points and their expressions. Get over yourselves!

By the way, did you see those two planes crash in the towers? What a great piece of art was that huh? Those terrorists, they are so creative! So wonderful what jet fuel can do. Amazingly skilled and daring artists. And the collapsing, beautiful!

Comment by prof kienstra
Oct 20, 2007 11:28 AM

Thanks for bringing this out in the open. This is so unbelievable sick.. These guys have no respect whatsoever for living beings. If this is art, this only gives me one more reason to plead for the end of this madness.. there should be limits to what people can do “in the name of Art”..

This guy should be banned.. and should never, ever be able to perform / show in public again..


Comment by Dave
Oct 20, 2007 11:38 AM

Stick this piece of human shit, Guillermo Habacuc Vargas, and his apologist, ED, in a cage and let them starve to death.

Comment by April
Oct 20, 2007 1:07 PM

I cannot believe this . . .

What really makes me mad is that there are all of these people in the room with the dog, who did nothing to stop it! Ridiculous! I am so sick of “contemporary artists” torturing and killing animals, probably to satisfy some sort of weird fantasy or something, and disguising it as art. I would like the artist to know what it feels like to be put on display as he starves to death! So unbelievably cruel. . .

Comment by EBS}187
Oct 20, 2007 3:42 PM

If I ever saw that guy I’d kick his ass.

Worthless POS

Comment by Matt Soames
Oct 20, 2007 4:29 PM

Misty at 335.. I shudder to think of what behavior you will excuse just because of a lack of ‘services’.
Your children must be perfect angels in your mind.
Wonder what your neighbors think of the little dears.

Comment by constabEL
Oct 20, 2007 9:23 PM

Let’s think about this for a moment:
The article may not be true. It doesn’t name the gallery nor any news source which verifies the story.
There may be more to the incident than meets the eye. How could two “children” go about catching a dog. Was the dog on the verge of death to where a warm, dry, sheltered museum environment was better than cruel streets with predators, pain, etc?
How long would the dog lived otherwise? Did the creature have a throat or other condition that made feeding it a worse alternative?
Yes, there was a “link” to click on, but I wasn’t about to chance a computer virus for “more information.”
Okay, that said, I welcome reasoned responses; hate and threats are meaningless and a waste of your valuable time and energy.

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Comment by jHenosch Farrisen
Oct 21, 2007 12:25 AM

This is outragous, please let us do the same with the artist.

Comment by charlene
Oct 21, 2007 1:27 AM

I do not understand how this guy could justify any kind of argument saying this is a piece of artwork.
I am crying, I am shocked, I don’t even know how to respond.
The most shocking part is that he was invited to be part of a bianaul (spelling way wrong, I know)

Comment by Lindsay
Oct 21, 2007 3:45 AM

We should do the same with this ‘so called artist’

Comment by gaa
Oct 21, 2007 4:07 AM

When I see that fucker he’s dead. I’m gonna kill him.

Comment by b
Oct 21, 2007 4:17 AM

when I that man see i kill hem, very slowly, I hope that hole his family will dy at an terrible dease

Comment by k3nt
Oct 21, 2007 12:12 PM

The irony is beautiful. Here we have an artist taking a sickly dog and displaying it’s dying process in a gallery. Not much different then say putting your grandparents in a “nursing home” and visiting them until they die. So on one hand you have the people open enough to wonder about what he said. And on the other hand you have people reacting emotionally, threatening to kill him in the most repugnant manners. This art then becomes an avenue for viewers to voice/think about how superior they (we) are to each other. I lived in a developing country for a year and a half. I saw hundreds, perhaps thousands of dogs living in the streets. Sickly dogs die. The artist did not kill it. He found a very sickly dog and put it in an environment where the dogs death could be isolated and observed and reacted to. Rather than the dog dying pointlessly under some bushes, or on a pile of rubble, its death has challenged thousands of people to think.

If this installation piece makes you want to kill the artist, perhaps you should stop eating the flesh of animals chained up in barns and factories..

ps. I spend half of three months income on veterinarians to care for sickly animals. It feels good, but doesn’t change anything.

Comment by Eke
Oct 21, 2007 12:25 PM

I’m surprised that the institution where the dog was viewable or the people seeing the dog, didn’t do anything. I am surprised that it was received well enough that no one rescued the dog. I’d chain this guy up in a gallery with a plack for people to read of what he did, and leave a baseball bat next to it. His feet would be chained apart, and people would be encouraged to take swings, or kicks, whichever they prefer.

Comment by Mila
Oct 21, 2007 1:54 PM

KILLER is the best word to define this idiot.

Comment by Neosapience
Oct 21, 2007 3:42 PM

Tie the artist up and starve him. I’d like to hear what he has to say just before he dies.

Oh wait, people aren’t animals! Silly me, what was I thinking. We EAT animals, we don’t care about them. Hah, for a minute there I almost forgot that people are made in Gods image and that all the world was put here just for us.

DANG! I did it again, silly me. I almost forgot about the holocaust, slavery, weapons of mass destruction and war.

Get a grip on reality, people don’t care about anything or anyone but themselves. If you think you’re different, I have to ask you – when was the last time you fed anything or anyone that was starving?

Comment by Shining Wolf
Oct 21, 2007 6:04 PM

This is not art, this is unlawful imprisonment, cruelty, torture, and murder! Since this criminal had kids go catch the dog, it was also planned, that is first-degree murder in this country, ie: pre-meditated or planned! It should be treated as such in any country really! What gives humans the right to choose who/what lives or dies, where when and how, let alone purposely to do so, and for ‘gain’ no less.

Comment by Omi
Oct 21, 2007 7:34 PM

Do people here think at all before they comment?

For those advocating horrifying deaths to the artist, are you all in support of capital punishment? I also think what he did was cruel, but to suggest stoning him at the townhall would throw us back to a more uncivilized age. Murderers and rapists are treated better than what you suggest done to the artist.

As for the cruel treatment of animals, perhaps you should watch PETA videos and become vegetarians if you haven’t already. Human beings do cruel things to animals in the world every day.

What do people do when they pass by a dying animal, especially in a city? Would you also do something? Or is it like the 10th hungry homeless person whom you walk past without doing anything. Now imagine if the piece was a video of a dog dying instead … I’m sure most comments would be along the lines of “Oh a dying dog, how sad.”

I’m sure some of you will think I’m siding with the artist by not condemning him to death, when the fact is you can still discuss implications of something even if you disgree with it. The world isn’t black and white.

Comment by Marcela
Oct 21, 2007 10:39 PM

To Omi – Dear Omi, for your information, you are contradicting yourself as what this pseudo artist did was nothing else but murder.
Do you think the word murder apply only for human death? If so, you vocabulary and your mentality is really small. Even though you deny, if are defending this Mr. Habacuc.
Apparently you are unaware of the large number of people that support institutions that work only in defense of the animals. And also of the rising number of vegetarians. Even though to kill an animal to eat and save a life is something. That is life for life. Cruelty is other thing completely different. I think you as Mr. Habacuc have a problem with discernment.

Comment by Jaime
Oct 22, 2007 3:04 AM

And I always wonder why people expect ‘god,’ or any other ‘being(s)’ ‘higher’ than us to treat us any differently? No one ‘saved’ this dog from being tortured to death, and in the strictest terms evolution provided the circumstances by which these animals interacted. (However, since this interaction only reinforced negative traits in both species, science and art can for the moment be mutually exclusive.)

How many different ways can you express something beautiful about the animus of dog without resorting to exploitation and pornography? The artist really thinks it’s more imperative to state something in the abstract about a negative reality as though he could point at it without being cross referenced — and thus, negated. This is not art.

We didn’t evolve to this point so we could do foolish things to shock each other into numbness of the very qualities we’ve been endowed with. If you abuse something, you lose it and keep what you are. YOU ARE A PROBLEM THAT WILL BE ERASED

Comment by Aquan
Oct 22, 2007 3:59 AM

Oh my God, that is HORRIBLE. I can’t believe people can do things like that it’s just really wrong! :(

Comment by violacolor
Oct 22, 2007 4:25 AM

in italy only since 2 days our blogs are passing this news to ask people to sign petition.
about 40.000 now.
there is no words to define ‘artist’ ‘exibition’ and also the people at the gallery when dog was dying.
ciao from italy

Comment by monsieur fischer
Oct 22, 2007 6:16 AM

i guess it is a hoax. watch out the different floor on the pictures…. i hope is not real!

Comment by gloria
Oct 22, 2007 7:37 AM

art?!will the peoples called you a artist when you kill a life?!
what’s a shame?!

Comment by Ana Ruiz
Oct 22, 2007 8:31 AM

This is so inhumane, I can’t believe that someone would actually consider that to be art. I’m disgusted!

Comment by suci ramadhana
Oct 22, 2007 8:56 AM

sick artist, he must be arrested in zoo

Comment by conyim
Oct 22, 2007 10:53 AM

This is inhumane, the “artist” should be punished.

Comment by Malki Sihem
Oct 22, 2007 11:20 AM

C’est cruel!!!!!
Cet “homme” et ceux qui regardent sans rien faire devraient subir la même chose.
Jusqu’ou ira la bétise humaine????

Comment by no one
Oct 22, 2007 11:30 AM

The aspect of this piece that really turned something inside me is the
roles of the audience and the hosts (gallery folks). Have we become so
separated and individualized that we not involve ourselves passionately
when we see something we feel is wrong? Judging by number of opposed
USFers, surely someone locally must have felt similar…and why did they
not act in accordance with their urge or empathy or conscience or anger?
(Simple too, save half your sandwich from your lunch or find a pair of
scissors and clip the rope, hold the door open.)

Is it because someone told them, “Don’t feed the dog. DON’T!” My, what
power the artist has. And surely the artist had planned what might happen
if someone tried to either rescue of feed the dog…?

Overall for me, this piece reveals the excuse that people tend to have,
“there’s nothing I can do about it”, like the war, or environment, or
whatever the issues are. If one is passionate enough to complain about it
– surely, there’s something that can be done. Figure it out. or
else…SERIOUS consequences.

Comment by Dawn
Oct 22, 2007 11:50 AM

While I think this is questionable as art, it is serving it’s purpose in bringing discussion about regarding poor and homeless animals plight in his country and many nations all over the world. Hopefully people will see this and help out how they can or spay and neuter their animals so there is a smaller homeless dog population. It sounds to me like this dog and hundreds other just like him would’ve starved anyway, with or without the exposure. Truly a tragic tale.

Comment by AndyB
Oct 22, 2007 11:57 AM

According to the Spanish web site, the dog was extremely sick and not wanting to eat, and would have died just as soon if it had been left on the street. The only difference is that when the dog is on display in the gallery, people can act shocked, but nobody is shocked or does anything when stray dogs are dying in the gutter.

Comment by Fynn
Oct 22, 2007 2:52 PM

That’s disgusting…I hate seeing animals starve. ): Where I live it’s not common, but if it were I would buy food…one time a cat came into my backyard and I gave it food and he ate it right up! :) Same thing happened when I was a kid…except the cat kept coming back.

Anyway, that’s not art, it’s disgusting. :/ He should have like…gave the dog food. I mean, ’cause if you had it caught and then you let it starve (even if it would’ve starved anyway) you now have the power to decide if the dog eats or not, so then it’s just torture and IF the dog refused to eat YOU TAKE IT TO A VET, DUH. -.-;

Comment by cintia
Oct 22, 2007 2:56 PM

ok… the dog died… the dog was suffering all the time… it’s necesary have an animal in that condition?, it’s not ART!!! plis!! i’m an artist, i think that this man don’t have the meaning of art… if you see an old man diying in a corner or a child!! like a presetation art… it’s obbiously that Guillermo Habacuc Vargas would be in jail… i want to see this man in a corner diying… we woul see if he is happy in that condition… y se me vienen a la cabeza miles de insultos… todo lo que va vuelve…

Comment by QuoterGal
Oct 22, 2007 3:00 PM

It is never acceptable to cause suffering to a sentient being in order to make art. Period. Don’t care what the message is, don’t care what else the artist has done, don’t care what the artist thinks they are saying. Don’t care.

It is completely unacceptable. Period.

( is unsure of the the veracity of all of the particulars of this full story –, and it may be as the gallery owner said – that it escaped in the night. Whatever. Don’t frikkin’ care, in the sense that it doesn’t make it any better. That this suffering dog was used as part of an art exhibition is heinous, and I don’t think there’s anything anyone in the world could say about his message or art that would convince me otherwise. And I am a visual artist, myself.)

It. Is. Just. Wrong. Period. And most people know in their hearts that that’s true, whatever b.s. they may spout about the wondrous message and beautiful irony, blah, blah, blah.

It. Is. Just. Wrong.

Comment by Hazeo
Oct 22, 2007 7:19 PM

A thought experiment:

What if it was a rat instead of a dog? What if the rat was fed to a snake as a exhibit, the same way rats are fed to pet snakes all the time?

Why is a dog’s life worth more than a rat? They’re both living animals and therefore deserve the same treatment.

Comment by Olivia
Oct 22, 2007 7:25 PM

This is terrible, how could anyone not even feed that creature? So horrific..

Comment by silentkitten
Oct 22, 2007 8:27 PM

While i agree that this is a despicable act, that does not mean it is not art.

Comment by STIR
Oct 22, 2007 10:27 PM

What a sick pig. Taking a picture of a dog who might be suffering from natural conditions would be art. This is just sickening. I hope the dog haunts him in his sleep.

Comment by violacolor
Oct 22, 2007 11:50 PM

to hazeo
its true. perhaps this particular news has been passed through on internet better than other similar ones ?
in any case i dont agree to ‘use’ animal for whatever different from their instinct.
sorry for my english .)
ciao from italy

Comment by violacolor
Oct 23, 2007 1:28 AM

during the exibition on the wall it was a sentence
ERES LO QUE LEES you are what you are reading .
and material to to this was .. dog food …
question: what were people thinking when seeing dog ?

i m very hungry because people in the world is changing – have already changed – what will be our future ?

sorry for my english
violetta italy

Comment by tammy
Oct 23, 2007 4:10 AM

wt the hell he has done with this dog??
does he know about “life”??
not only mankind can hv life, even dog!!!
if i saw tht “artist”, i think i’ll gonna kill him!!

Oct 23, 2007 6:07 AM

[…] person is so wrong and the only reason I put it up here is on the malicious hope that karma will notice this person […]

Comment by Hollie
Oct 23, 2007 11:32 AM

i would have knocked out this murderer and rescued the dog, he is not the only sick person here, every person that watched the ‘art’ is sick.

Comment by Melissa
Oct 23, 2007 12:42 PM

How could that be classed as art? Yes, people have many ways of expressing how they feel but that is beyond ridiculous. How anyone could class that as art is just shocking. I’d like to know how that “artist” (Not much of one for starters) would feel if he was that dog. See if he’d still see it as art or animal abuse.

Comment by Suzan
Oct 23, 2007 12:45 PM

Ärtist”, you are such a big loser.
And more…a sadist, a murderer.
Just for fun, for art, crazy !

Comment by hugo hoppe
Oct 23, 2007 1:02 PM

beautiful rendering of emotion and lost causes, comparisons? metaphors? art is nasty, modern life is not supposed to be pretty or kind, arrest this man or make him king……….silly humans tricks are for dogs, people die to make the creative accolades of western culture come true, demkocracy, let’s kill millions and have an art show in ten years to verify who hurts the most and how, kill a dog, eat a pig, wear a cow, neglect a race, squash a social class, ruin a child, get started, get smarter, go brighter, whine in your whine, shine in your time, be great for we will soon be GONE

Comment by Anita
Oct 23, 2007 1:39 PM

This is HORRIBLE. I can’t believe people can do things like that it’s just really wrong!

Comment by violacolor
Oct 23, 2007 2:00 PM

i hope to pass u on my idea. sorry for my english.
if natividad was in whatever street and was not well
vargas absolutely might carry it to a doctor not in an art exibition.
that dog died without dignity and for
enterteinment of someone.
vargas says it was matter of people hypocrisy.
i think in 2007 all of us can see how many terrible things are moving around the world and we dont need vargas art.
moreover i would know why vargas had the permission to ‘exibit’ the dog.

Comment by Bev Merideth
Oct 23, 2007 7:07 PM

This is outrageous. I would hope that no one considers this art and I would like to see this person punished.

Comment by Sandra Slattery
Oct 23, 2007 7:11 PM

This is horrible! How can you do such a thing to a poor helpless, sick dog? How could you watch him die like that, and how could anybody else watch him die? And what’s up with the dog food on the wall, and in the bowl out oof reach of the dog? You should have charges filed against you . You are worse than disgusting!

Comment by me
Oct 24, 2007 1:44 AM

This is an art. And the artist is brilliant.

Art brings out emotions, and this brought out emotion. Very strongly. I find the artist extreme but brilliant. He could of just made a video and filmed a bunch of poor people and use that as a display to preach out the message he wanted, but the chances of his message getting through to people with just a video would be low. There are commercials that show a bunch of dieing skinny kids and how many switch the channel with out care, how many would be convinced to help the starving after seeing a video? Chaining a dog and forbidding the help brought out the humane and compassionate emotions in a person, w/c is something that doesn’t show to the person begging in the streets. Bu when something is being displayed, you feel it. The compassion that you should show to the people who are struggling.

The dog is an example of the people that aren’t being helped. It’s because we don’t care and weare selfish. We can help something like that if we care… that’s the intention of the artist, to show the hypocricy in all of us. something like this would bring out all sorts of emotion, compassion and anger. Compassion for the dog and anger towards the artist. We are mad at him for allowing this dog to suffer, but we won’t get mad at our selves from not giving the poor kids food to eat and a chance at survival. Look at our hypocricy. It’s cruel what he did, but this was a good way to show how cruel we are not allowing some people to eat by caring only abou ourselves. A video, a painting wouldn’t bring as much emotion as this.

It’s good art because the message got through.

Comment by Eddy Li
Oct 24, 2007 9:15 AM

You have to be inconsiderate and lacking compassion if you think that’s art. What it does show is HUMAN NATURE and specifically how EVIL HUMANS are. We KILL everything, including our own kind for whatever reasons we can conjure to justify those killings. And we are KILLING all life forms on this planet, which will eventually lead to our own deaths. The planet can live without HUMANS, but we cant live without it! If we destroyed or sanitized every microbe in and on our body, we would die. It took humans over 2000 yrs to figure out women had a voice, thoughts, and rights, just how many more years will it take for us to understand that other species/animals (we are part of that animal kingdom–and not above it–which is our ego’s) and lifeforms are absolutely impairative. We fight due to cultural differences, religious beliefs, over sports of all things, corporate takeovers/boardrooms, in our bedrooms with our so called loved ones, and worst of all, within ourselves. That is an act of cruelty, lack of compassion, absolutely the human ego at its best…people conducting these types of behaviors and lack of respect for life should themselves be treated the same–that would be ART.

Comment by MorbenDK1
Oct 24, 2007 9:40 AM

I don’t know whats worse, the fact that this guys called it art, or the fact that no one rescued that dog.

Comment by violacolor_futura
Oct 24, 2007 1:05 PM

the two ones.
art can be a dog death ?
if yes vargas is right

if art is another thing… animals will no longer be as objects to exibit and vargas is wrong

but in nicaragua there are no laws about animals as for i know

animals would be free to live and die belonging their destiny and not in the name of ‘art’ of someone borderline in order to shock our mind.

there are other important events we cant deal in this world .

sorry for my english

Oct 24, 2007 8:57 PM

[…] (ht: The Gin Blog) […]

Comment by Rudy
Oct 25, 2007 12:27 AM

Stop this kind of art. Starvation of animals has nothing to do with art! Of you are a man of art, chain yourself and stave to death, that’s when you have your real moment of fame!

Comment by violacolor
Oct 25, 2007 2:39 AM

yes. stop.
adios natividad. un besito.

Comment by Kim Kobesen
Oct 25, 2007 4:01 AM

This is sick! How can anyone abuse a living creature like this. It’s heartbreaking!!!

Comment by Red Anderson
Oct 25, 2007 4:38 AM

most of the renouned photographs of all time are images of suffering. Holocaust, Burning Tibetan Monks, Starving thirdworld children. it just hasnt been expressed clearly what Guillermo Habacuc Vargas had done that was so wrong.

Guillermo Habacuc Vargas crossed a line that no human or artist should cross. taking the life of an other conscious being. this bastard of humanity should be charged and prosecuted.

Guillermo Habacuc Vargas had 2 children catch this dog. He paid the kids for this. He then chained the dog and used the dog as “art”. He told everyone not to feed this dog. The dog died in the gallery.

of course you had many people see this dog… and no one acted in freeing the dog. in that respect i will not sign the petition. Guillermo Habacuc Vargas put a mirror up to the masses and captured it well. willingness to express strong words but do nothing in the moment to prevent it. i think he proved an important point. how many of you actually had seen the dog? and did nothing. yet still signed the petition.

Comment by Roguepl
Oct 25, 2007 5:40 AM

They should chained the author of this and let him starved to death. That would be much greater art.

Comment by King D
Oct 25, 2007 12:21 PM

Sick F*CK!! hope the monster that done this has a similar brutal punishment, but with more pain over a longer time

Comment by Toni Musulin
Oct 25, 2007 1:58 PM

Why in the F*CK didn’t anyone do something about this before the poor thing died??!! Doesn’t anyone over there have a clue? You could be god damn sure that if I had seen a dog in that condition I would have done something about it. That is just bullshit, and for him to represent his country for “Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008″ is just crap! Why do people in these South American countries think its so cool to torture animals the way they do? I saw something on cable a few weeks ago that made me absolutely sick… It was in Spain, they light the ends of the Bull’s horns on fire to drive the bull mad before performing the other bullshit on it for their bullfights. That is just plain TORTURE and these people need to be made aware that it is NOT acceptable.

This guy needs to rot in HELL and I can tell you if I ever meet him, I’m gonna kick the shit out of his ass, tie him up, hell, hang him up by his ball until they rot off and then feed him to a pack of wild hungry jungle dogs! What a mother f*cking waste of a human live this piece of shit is!

Most Sincerely,
Toni Musulin

Comment by jt
Oct 25, 2007 10:31 PM

According to one of the other sites listed on this blog, Vargas found the dog already tied up on a street corner, and brought it into the gallery. It died within a day. In other words, it was already very sick, and did not die because it was starved by Vargas.

The blogs and comments on this site actually only confirm his point, which is that we only care enough about the death of the dog to get indignant about it BECAUSE he brought it into the gallery. Otherwise, we would have let it die on the street just the same.
None of us after all are out on the street of Central America saving the lives of suffering animals, much less human beings.

Neither blogging about nor commenting on this work saves the lives of any creatures.

Comment by violacolor
Oct 26, 2007 12:25 AM

if vargas would have saved the dog carrying it to a doctor there was no gossip


so to remember us to be solidal with animals and people he thought a good idea to let a dog dying in an art exibition..

mh mh

Comment by Eliza Mae Marlie
Oct 26, 2007 5:31 AM

I live in Dharamsala, India, where the people are kind, but often poor, and many street dogs die of disease, injury, or resulting starvation. It is unfortunate in these “third-world” societies that these sweet and loving animals sometimes become too sick and depressed to eat, and then starve to death. The locals here don’t know what to do about it- they can barely afford their own healthcare, and many of the people are sick and dying too! And animal aid societies are few and far between in countries that are only beginning to provide adequate social services for humans. Two months ago, my husband and I took one of these dogs off the street, and it only cost about $50 (and many long, sleepless nights) to take him from the brink of death by starvation and maggot-infested wounds to what he is today- the happy, wonderful, sweetheart that is curled up beside my chair right now. But I have never seen something as horrible as this “artist”! And Vincent, the doggy we rescued, was MUCH sicker than the poor animal that this horrible man has now killed for recreation. I am appalled. I spent three weeks FORCING Vincent to eat to stay alive, by using a syringe to put food directly down his throat. And everytime he would throw it up, we would start all over again. And it is sickening that this “artist” (a Costa Rican, no less, and I’ve spent alot of time in Costa Rica- it is a beautiful country that prides itself on its eco-diversity) and his patrons allowed this to happen. Today, in response to seeing this monstrosity of “art,” my husband and I went out and rescued another street doggy from certain death from mange and infection. We’ve seen her at the bus station, and knew that she needed medical treatment, so that is what we did- we went to the pharmacy and bought the necessary supplies and administered them ourselves. And you would not believe how many smiles and thanks we got from the locals who watched us help her.

I believe that it is important to spread happiness and peace, and to allow others to see us do good deeds. It improves our mood. It improves the mood of the bystanders. And it improves our world. Don’t let this horrible “artist” turn you into someone like him. Don’t wish awful experiences on him and the others who allowed this to happen. Sign the petition, yes. He and his supporters should know that there are moral and ethical people out there who disapprove! Hit him in the pocketbook and the ego, and make his “art” un-fashionable and worthless. And then use your outrage to make a positive difference in the lives of other animals and people of third-world nations. Fundraise, donate, or, if you are inclined, get out there and make a difference first-hand by setting up your OWN animal aid society in a third world country. That is what my husband and I have decided to do. We are beginning the planning processes of organizing an animal aid society here in Dharamsala to provide on-street medical care, catch-and-release spay and neuter services, a small dog shelter for sick and aggressive animals, and public information campaigns for the doggies of Dharamsala.

See the pictures of the Dharamsala doggies here:

In solidarity for our furry friends,

Eliza Mae Marlie

Comment by violacolor
Oct 26, 2007 10:41 AM

to Eliza Mae Marlie
your behaviour is the difference between a kind of ‘artist’ and your humanity and compassion
good luck

Comment by Riku
Oct 26, 2007 3:19 PM

Aside from this article I don’t know any of the facts, like how sick the dog was when it was found or whatever.

I just want to say that ven though is the dog was already very sick or even if he “would’ve died anyway” it still doesn’t satisfy to chain the dog up to leave it to die. (No matter in what condition it was)

I’m from Germany, frankly I don’t know Costa Rica much, so I can’t say what kind of relationship the people there have with dogs in general, but in Germany the dog is the man’s best friend, we care a lot about dogs (and other pets, too), and if we would find a dog to be too weak/sick/whatever to keep on living we would have it put down by a vet to make sure it doesn’t have to suffer any longer than it already did.

If you have a pet, you are responsible for it. You’re responsible for it’s health and for it’s feelings, you’ve to respect that animals are living beings who have feelings, too. And that’s that!

I haven’t seen a dog which looked more sad like on the last picture forever.

I am an artist myself, I’m drawing, and I can say one thing: This isn’t artistic in any way. It’s disgusting and sad. Who gave you, dear responsibles, the right to treat one of nature’s creations so bad?

To the on responsibles: I want to boxout your teeth, you personally disgust me.

Comment by violacolor
Oct 27, 2007 1:03 AM

la mort de ce petit chien a cree les sentiments les plus differents. moi j ai pleure j etais choquee.
mais qu est c qu il ya au dela de ca ?
pourquoi veut on la mort de vargas lorsque le mond est plein de souffrance et mort ?
est il devenue ‘le mal’ le negatif’ a qui fair payer les dettes du monde?
je ne veux pas provoquer. ce sont des questions que je pose a moi meme aussi. et je ne trouve pas de reponses valides.

Comment by Moyra
Oct 27, 2007 3:55 AM

it s just cruel!! unbelieveble. we dont starf people to death just because it s art.

Not because it s a dog but because why. i can imagen you eat a dog, but you dont kill it for ‘fun’


Comment by Mr.Bulist
Oct 27, 2007 10:31 AM

I find this horribly disgusting. Why is abusing an animal okay, and try to pass off the excuse of “it was going to die anyway”? God forbid if you try to apply this logic to some starving, diseased child in Africa. That’d be okay, right? I mean, come on, it was going to die anyway.

This reminds me of the man in Europe who taped himself drowning a small kitten. I think him and this man from Costa Rica should be put through the same punishment and abuse they did the poor animals they killed — Maybe then they’d realize that this is not art, and is ABUSE to a breathing, living animal who has emotions of its own. Maybe then they’d change their point of view.

Comment by violacolor
Oct 27, 2007 11:12 AM

its difficult to me imagine to eat a dog or a cat etc. but i know this happens in many countries. ok.


he got his target .
certainly not the one of natividad nor the one of millions people.


Comment by Hazeo
Oct 27, 2007 11:35 AM

Taking a step back and looking at it from a different perspective, the piece it seems has already changed something … Eliza Mae Marlie saved a dog ‘as a response’ to the piece. Would she had taken in a second dog if it weren’t for the outrage that she felt?

Perhaps others will react the same way, or form some sort of animal aid group in response.

One dog’s life to save a thousand …

Comment by violacolor
Oct 27, 2007 11:56 AM

to hazeo
so do you think vargas is right ?
one life to save thousand…
if yes there will be no more animals on the street !

if this theory is true why war doesnt produce peace ?


Comment by jt
Oct 27, 2007 6:17 PM

lo del perro no es mas [que] la exhibicion del abandono y desinteres humano… bravo por habacuc, abucheo para la sociedad

([the death] of the dog is the laying bare of the human abandonment and lack of interest… bravo for habacuc, shame on society)

That comment from the Spanish-language blog linked on this page seems worth quoting. At least it offers a counterweight to the self-righteous sentiment of many readers who seem to know that they are on the opposite side of Vargas, when it seems to me that one possible understanding of the act of transplanting the dog so that it did not die on the street but in the gallery is that it is an accusation that we are all in a larger sense passive witnesses of human neglect and disinterest.

But as can be seen here, this does not prevent us from casting stones quite readily and easily.

Comment by violacolor
Oct 27, 2007 7:41 PM

millions people million opinions.
i think its better stop writing about vargas as in that manner he has obtained what he wanted.
not our attention or compassion for animals but money and success.


Comment by anne
Oct 28, 2007 3:25 AM

calls that art ….you sick f### you want putting down

Comment by violacolor
Oct 28, 2007 5:13 AM

“Hello everyone. My name is Guillermo Habacuc Vargas. I am 50 years old and an artist. Recently, I have been critisized for my work titled “Eres lo que lees”, which features a dog named Nativity. The purpose of the work was not to cause any type of infliction on the poor, innocent creature, but rather to illustrate a point. In my home city of San Jose, Costa Rica, tens of thousands of stray dogs starve and die of illness each year in the streets and no one pays them a second thought. Now, if you publicly display one of these starving creatures, such as the case with Nativity, it creates a backlash that brings out a big of hypocrisy in all of us. Nativity was a very sick creature and would have died in the streets anyway.”

Comment by violacolor
Oct 28, 2007 6:02 AM

Important message
The nasty messages and crude blog postings are getting way out of hand. I have even received some death threats which I do not appreciate. I had intended for my page to be a cultural exchange and a revelation of art, but it has turned out to be a nasty compilation of horrible remarks.

In addition, I have received a letter today from an authority representing the upcoming Bienal. She was concerned about the amount of publicity I have been receiving because of “Eres lo que lees”, and was questioning the the legitimacy of having me attend as a distinguished guest and representative.

I would like to apologize to everyone for the impact that my project had. I will no longer call it a piece of art out of respect to those I have insulted. It was wrong what I did, and I should have saved the animal instead of letting it die. Please accept my apology.

I was hoping that those who were the authors of the petitions against me would be kind enough to take their petitions down. I will never do this kind of art again.

Thank you


Comment by violacolor
Oct 29, 2007 12:51 AM

i need a big pizza ’cause i am a little bad

Oct 29, 2007 5:16 PM

[…] Of course, if you’re just feeling vengeful and want to see people hurt in the safety of the interwebs, you can always just pound the keyboard, pretending that the stick figure is Guillermo Habacuc Vargas. […]

Comment by maninexile
Oct 29, 2007 8:46 PM

One of the beautiful things about being born a human and not an animal is the choice to use our built-in feelings, passions, and emotions to do good to our fellow man, the nature, and the animals of our Earth. Being human with a built-in brain, you can of course choose to be an animal instead. This is the first time in my human life I have ever considered that opportunity. So here it goes:
If I ever get the chance, mr. Vargas, I promise you in the most artistic way I will personally starve your little sorry ass to death. Hope to see you real soon!

Comment by violacolor
Oct 30, 2007 3:54 AM

mh yes
to me is not so beautiful to be born human ’cause there are millions people who cant choice anything who are victims of another human…
what difference between me killing a dog and a dog killing a cat or other ?
i suppose .. the fact that animal kill to defense itself or to eat or to respect its space.
human kill in the name of freedom – culture – money – diamonds and so on

i have no answer because there is not ONE truth.

sorry for my english

Comment by Amy V
Oct 30, 2007 9:29 AM

You SHOULD be criticized, you sick worthless bastard! You starved a fucking dog! This poor dog’s life will become your hell.

Comment by Cheryl
Oct 30, 2007 9:42 AM

I’m stunned…when i first heard about this i thought it must be a hoax…you are a sick man that deserves whatever bad things that happen to you.

Comment by violacolor
Oct 30, 2007 11:31 AM

about 152.000 persons have signed but its necessary to go on.
pls translate with an on line translator. tks

martedì 30 ottobre 2007, 07:00
La Ue mette al bando il torturatore di cani

La Ue, intanto, ha deciso di mettere al bando l’arte omicida chiudendo le porte dei principali musei ad Habacuc. Il commissario Frattini, promotore dell’iniziativa, ha già iniziato le consultazioni con altri delegati per verificare in che modo si possa vietare al costaricano di «esternare» al di fuori dai confini del suo paese. E mentre i politici stanno lavorando in questo senso, la gente protesta sonoramente.
Siamo a quota 152mila. Le petizioni on line contro il sedicente artista Guillermo Habacuc Vargas, piovono da tutto il mondo e si moltiplicano. Ora anche nel nostro paese la gente si sta muovendo per stigmatizzare la sadica iniziativa «culturale» di Habacuc e impedire che l’autore possa replicarla in qualche altro museo compiacente.

Comment by Viva
Oct 30, 2007 2:05 PM

This makes me wanna be an artist too! I would start with this Mr. Guillermo Habacuc Vargas and make him a piece of art in my gallery of horror and suffering! Perhaps I get to represent my country in big biennale’s!

Comment by violacolor
Oct 30, 2007 3:27 PM


– Special Unit for Animal Protection and Rescue
– Humanitarian Association for Animal Protection
adnkronos 30 ott 2007

Queste organizzazioni stanno studiando il caso per presentare un ricorso davanti al tribunale locale.
ces organizations vont etudier le cas pour le tribunal local
estas autoridades estudiarán la materia para la corte local
these authorities will study the matter for the local court


Comment by Zero Dollars
Oct 30, 2007 10:27 PM

It is wonderful for everyone to be so concerned about this dog now.
As the artist has been quoted as saying it is no surprise that any of you
are probably not out in the street currently looking for starving dogs,
nor saving them.

This act may in fact highlight the lack of funding that the animal welfare
bodies in Nicaragua have to deal with.

My response is one of horror too, at where art is going. For sure there may
be a starving human at the end of the wire next. BUT is this not what many
of our countries are doing anyway to less fortunate countries or peoples?
Arent all the meat eaters amongst us allowing the horrible conditions of
mass animal slaughter and meat manufacturing, and profit making, to go on?

Because of the few photos published there are some reactions to this artist
that propose violent endings for the artist. Why? Why not send out messages
of assistance to animal welfare groups instead and maybe even donate some
cash to them? Its so easy to bark orders and hatred at people when in fact
the response should be one of horror directed at governments to increase
awareness of, and funding for, the rights of animals.

By the way, in Australia in the last 10 years in one state alone, 25,000 plus
Koala ‘bears’ have died of unnatural causes such as dog attacks, car accidents
and starvation. They will probably end up either extinct or locked in cages.
When i was a kid you could see koalas around here n there. If we keep raping
our planet and thinking fast paced progress is the way forward for human kind
we will end up alone on this planet with a huge dose of guilt at the killing of
what wonderful species we could have shared it with.


Comment by Martina Moser
Oct 31, 2007 8:39 AM

I think Zero Dollars made the best statement by not only condamming the artist but also our society . It is true what he says – we are all like the artist and we are all like the visitors of the museum . While we are discussing this , thousands of animals on our planet are being mistreated , slaughtered or extinguished – and most of us couldn´t care less . How should we ? If we don´t even care wether children all over the world live a miserable live and many of them die before they even get to the age of 5 . They die of starvation , in wars , from abusement , neglection , sickness and slavery !
If we do not change thinking and action in the next few years , we will even manage to kill the whole planet – and then WE will be the DYING DOG on the chain – however – we really deserve it !
And I wish Mr.Guillermo “Habacuc” Vargas with all my heart that he will have a slow and cruel death !

Comment by violacolor
Oct 31, 2007 9:37 AM

oh zero dollars. i agree.
what u say its true.
but especially natividad/vargas has caused a blog revolution. why?
maybe natividad had been a kind of truth we wouldnt know or see ? i dont know.
in this case petition will help animals.
no more speaking on vargas.
i have cats and adopt tigers in china. qhen possible i give money to animal associations.
ok. then ?
bin this case what can I do apart from the petition ?
i dont live in nicaragua and know many of them have to face how to survive.
can we really do something to help them
for example… ? ?

sorry for my english.

Comment by dogs
Nov 03, 2007 11:16 AM

He has on the street a better life!

Comment by Chiara
Nov 03, 2007 2:26 PM

If I would run in the man who calls himself an artist (whitch he is NOT without a doubt) I would ty him up and put him in a corner as an art object. This man has no hart!

The other thing that bothers me a lot, is that people paid money to see it, take pictures of it, and don’t even bother the fact that a living creature is near them and they don’t even try to feed it… That’s sick! Laughing, drinking and eating, while a poor helpless and depending animal is dying… If more people act like the idiot who invented this and called it art, what is happening to the world?

Comment by not-numbed
Nov 03, 2007 3:16 PM

I belive that Empathy will prove to be the most important aspect of humanity – if we want to evolve.

Empathy is REAL. It’s seeing what’s really there. Empathy is about caring.

So to make a context for people to turn that off…
To set up a scene for people to alienate themselves from a suffering helplessness creature in the same room, with nothing stopping them but this man’s say-so …?! …

That is not artistry, that is dangerous sickness.

Now, if the ‘artist’ was to be simply shot?
That would not only be a statement, it would be a smooth bow to the holiness of life.

Comment by Wiborg
Nov 04, 2007 8:12 AM

I have a new revolutionary idea for an art-project. We will chain mr. Guillermo to the wall, without food or water and watch him die slowly. Art! :-)
Maybe we can “invite” some street dogs to the show who can pee on him, it would be an even better performance!
Get the cameras and the tv crews, call the papers and the sponsors, this would be huge! :-)

Comment by violacolor
Nov 04, 2007 11:44 AM

to me it wouldnt be huge
anyway ok. I understood …
I think people is changing and we have to do a step behind and re-start better than we have done till now

Comment by paula Davey
Nov 05, 2007 7:07 AM

This is a disgrace!! It is sending out a message to already sick people that it is acceptable to abuse animals and have no regard for their lives. Art should be heart warming and stimulating, not stomache wrenching. I am ashamed to be a human being!

Comment by Marco Van Belzen
Nov 05, 2007 12:13 PM

At first i could not believe this was true. That so called artist is such a sick nutter. I dont feel like wasting too many words on this loser. He and the ones cooperating with him are sick and need to be locked up or put down – simple as that. He had no right what he did to that dog.

Comment by Shel
Nov 05, 2007 5:16 PM

Hasn’t it been proven that people who commit heinous acts on other humans first start out with animal cruelty? Do we have the worlds next famous serial killer on our hands? “dangerous sickness” indeed!

Comment by violacolor
Nov 06, 2007 2:14 AM

we have to do a step back and realize which are the values of life .

if money . success – beauty – art and so on
we are wrong .
perhaps is the moment arrived to act better than before ?

Nov 06, 2007 8:15 AM

[…] By Ellee Animal lovers throughout the world are sickened and outraged at how Costa Rican artist, Guillermo Habacuc Vargas took a dog from the street and used it as an art exhibit, causing it to suffer and starve to death […]

Comment by Ellee
Nov 06, 2007 10:25 AM

I can’t believe the number of hits you have had on this story, it’s unbelievable, let’s hope some good comes of it. Do please keep me posted if you get the chance.

Comment by Andreia Pimenta
Nov 07, 2007 5:24 AM

This monster can’t be called a person even less an “artist”. What kind of artist makes a human being suffer so much into the death and then call it “art”?
I hope that this monster can’t exhibit nevermore anything that is in his opinion “art” and that he has the punishment he deserves.

Comment by lauravis
Nov 07, 2007 8:16 AM

Call to action!

Write the Costa Rican Government to ban this animal killer!

And also the “Art” gallery:

Don’t sign online petitions, write the Costa Rican Government!
They must give us a reason why they prized this animal killer.

Nov 07, 2007 9:18 AM

I’m a grate lover of art myself, bud this?
This isn’t art. This is creepy ant totally sick!
I hope with all my heart this man gets his deserved punishment!
And also the art gallery and the people how sow it ant didn’t act!
Jour not an normal human being wan you let this crime happen!
The artist can’t help it he is Cleary a very sick man, you can!
Please singe in! and bi kind to all natures animals, jour one yourself !

Comment by Marion Lampkin
Nov 08, 2007 11:14 AM

1- The dog did not die.

2- The petition will do nothing but to apease your conscience with a false send of doing something.

3- Go out and adopt a dog if you really care.

4- This is all a ploy by Habacuc to get famous, the dog was released after the exhibition. He died a week after while trying to eat thru a plastic garbage bag.

Nov 08, 2007 6:29 PM

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Comment by yanni
Nov 08, 2007 7:46 PM

can i have the stupid artist name?

Comment by violacolor
Nov 09, 2007 4:15 AM

guillermo vargas – habacuc –
1 – explained the reason of the ‘exibition’
2 – he apologized later for the same one
3 – vargas site was closed and he wrote on
a French blog
4 – nicaragua – europe media & press & blog
are all wrong ?
5 – Marion Lampkin how can have different
infos about vargas ?

I don’t desire to provocate but only want how and why if possible…
animal law – Nicaragua
Pica pica Says: Octubre 25th, 2007 at 6:07 pm
Normas Jurídicas de Nicaragua
Rango: Decretos – Ley
No. 688, Aprobado el 10 de Diciembre de 1940
Publicado en La Gaceta No.3 del 7 de Enero de 1941
En uso de sus facultades,
El siguiente
Artículo 1.- El Estado protege a todo ser irracional, capaz de prestar al hombre alguna utilidad, beneficio o esparcimiento; y en consecuencia, velará por medio de la Sociedad Protectora de Animales a fin de que no se les cause tortura, daño o muerte innecesaria.
Artículo 2.- Se aplicará las sanciones que establece la presente ley, a todo acto, omisión o negligencia que motive o dé ocasión a sufrimiento, o muerte injustificada de cualquier animal, útil e inofensivo, sin perjuicio de las responsabilidades penales o civiles que establecen nuestras leyes.


Comment by violacolor
Nov 09, 2007 4:25 AM

i adopt tigers in china every year and have animals in my house. when possible i give money to animal associations.
this is not the problem.
the problem is to kmow the truth about animal abuse.
i think it would be correct to write not only our opinion but what s really is – happened – or not


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Comment by violacolor
Nov 09, 2007 6:06 AM

my answer to marion has been c ensured

truth is only a personal opinion.

Comment by violacolor
Nov 09, 2007 6:11 AM

somebody can tell me how messages seems to be cancelled and 5 minutes later they appear again… ?
that has happened also last week.
where and how am i wrong in posting mesg ?
thanks a lot

Comment by violacolor
Nov 09, 2007 11:01 AM



Each year, at least 320,000 primates, dogs, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, cats, and other animals are hurt and killed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in experiments that rank among the most painful conducted in this country.

Because these figures don’t include experiments that were contracted out to non-governmental laboratories or the many sheep, goats, and pigs often shot in wound experiments, the total number of animal victims is actually much higher. The cost to taxpayers for these military experiments is estimated to be in excess of $100 million annually.

Under the banner of defense use, animals are routinely poisened, burned, tortured, shot, mutilated, blown up and injected with diseases they would not normally contract.

Animals have been used to test bullet trajectories when blocks of gel are better, as they allow military weapons experts to permanently freeze the bullet trail, something that doesn’t happen with a sheep or dog; they’ve even been put in slings and shot so that medics could practice cutting away dying tissue, when there are far superior ways to train medics.


Comment by Jennifer
Nov 09, 2007 12:28 PM

I have to say this is crule, could never be enough for what this man has done, Maybe we should tie him up and starve
Him, how could someone allow this or think it is art?

Comment by Tyler Reed
Nov 09, 2007 1:26 PM

Very sad that any human being would consider this art.

Comment by downward spiral
Nov 09, 2007 4:54 PM

I want to see him tied up and starved.

Not really, but I don’t get the whole point of him tying up the dog and having people watch it die needlessly.
What is wrong with the world today? When did people become so unashamedly disregardful of other life? This is why the world is ending!!!

Comment by Maciej
Nov 09, 2007 8:19 PM

I thought I’m pacifist. Till this day. I would kill that son of a bitch.

Comment by Beata
Nov 09, 2007 10:00 PM

I am an artist but I can not call this as an art. This is terrible. What will by next ?

Comment by violacolor
Nov 10, 2007 1:22 AM

mh ..
to be concerned – to know – to read – those kind of news on animals abuse and so on will make our brain ‘used’ and later whatever news will be ‘normally’ ones ?
will we become really better ? or not ?
the infinity history

Comment by Suicide_Jane
Nov 10, 2007 10:58 AM

every living creature has the right to LIFE instead of chaining the dog up and leaving it to die he should have saved its life. THAT would have been true beautiful art. But instead this rotting peice of metaphorical shit left the poor animal to die. He should be taken out and SHOT. no questions asked.

Comment by Alex
Nov 10, 2007 1:22 PM

Let’s do the same to him! That is not an art it’s cruelty! If that would be possible I would kill that motherfucker!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Chuck Revel
Nov 10, 2007 5:49 PM

Sick and wrong. Utterly sick and wrong.

Comment by Ela
Nov 10, 2007 10:36 PM

This equals killing an innocent child! And he is rewarded for it??? Human is really the sickest being on earth!

Comment by Dawn
Nov 10, 2007 10:54 PM

What a horrible thing to do. The “artist” and the people who did not stop this needless suffering should be ashamed of themselves. I am sickened.

Comment by MajaR
Nov 11, 2007 2:24 AM

hope you and all of idiots who consider this “art” will die the same way, you stupid asshole!

Comment by violacolor
Nov 11, 2007 3:55 AM

how many vargas in the world?
how many things we dont know yet ?

the problem is WHAT ‘HUMAN BEING’ mean ?


Comment by Jadwiga Ficer
Nov 11, 2007 7:26 AM

I think he is not artist
he is monster,bandit,sadist and barbarian.

Comment by Jadwiga Ficer
Nov 11, 2007 7:29 AM

bandits are everwhere

Comment by Rafal
Nov 11, 2007 1:25 PM


Comment by Tomasz
Nov 11, 2007 2:19 PM

it’s not art, it’s a murder. if he killed dog in museum so in future for “art” “artists” would kill people for atrifice. he should be punished, it’s not on!
punish him ! ! !

Comment by jill
Nov 11, 2007 10:55 PM

how could all those people just stand around and do nothing at the exibit? They are just as sick as him. They are supporting his sick crule act and acnologing it as art by not doing anything and paying to be there.

Comment by Marta
Nov 12, 2007 12:08 AM

Maybe he should do this to himself, everyone could kill a dog, that’s not art, kill yoursel Vargas, that will be art. One crazy person I could understand but there was more people there and they voted him the best artist in the country and that is sad. I feel sorry for the country which the best artist is nothing but a dog killer.

Comment by Ton Odijk
Nov 12, 2007 11:10 AM

This man is disguisting.

Comment by Frans van Es/Curaçao
Nov 12, 2007 1:23 PM

Castreren met een roestige vork en daarna uithongeren deze zieke geest.

Comment by Piotr G.
Nov 12, 2007 2:56 PM

this man is very sick… and better for him if I won’t meet them on the street… and one more for people which were there- you are stupid and damn bastards… if you have some courage please write to me:
poor dog…

Comment by Prudence
Nov 12, 2007 4:03 PM

I don’t agree with what this artist has done. It was horrible to have let the dog died when many people could have saved it. However horrible his art was, it is still an art. It caused people to discuss and debate…and I think this is what art is about.

Comment by Prudence
Nov 12, 2007 4:08 PM

..And who is this artist who can “order” people not to feed the poor dog? This makes me think why is it so important for people in our society to follow “orders”/”policeis”. If there was one person in the gallery had a kind enough heart to disobey the cruel order, the dog could have been saved and the art piece would turn out to be totally different…

Comment by Dahlia
Nov 12, 2007 9:01 PM

this is cruel and it should not be considered ART…davinci made art…this is stupidity and animal abuse. people shouldnt just stand around and do nothing. its sick and wrong. LEAVE THE ANIMALS ALONE

Comment by Jenny
Nov 13, 2007 8:04 AM

I agree with the above comment…How can people just walk past this poor dog and ignore the cruelty?? It’s not art!! It’s just plain wrong!

Comment by violacolor
Nov 13, 2007 9:18 AM

stop stop stop speaking about vargas
he got his target ! do not follow his game !

we have to avoid other vargas will act the same way

we just have to realize what human being mean .

Comment by Daniel T
Nov 13, 2007 12:16 PM

Prudence, it is not “Art”, it is cruelty, plain and simple. It is just wanton neglect of an animal that had no one else to rely on, no one to feed it and so this waste of fresh air calls it art ! What a sad, warped messed up person this “vargas” is. Disgraceful, the people seeing it and the gallery for displaying it. Shame on all of you.

Comment by Melanie
Nov 13, 2007 1:33 PM

How could he go home and sleep at night..knowing he’d tied an already maltreated and neglected dog up, to starve..whilst placing dog-food out of is beyond sickening.
This act bears no resemblance to’s a contrived media stunt to gain publicity and notoriety..and all for the vain glorification of his own ego.
The society that awards this so-called ‘artist’ a prize..(and I understand he won a prize for this)..should hang their heads in shame..anyone who thinks this cold-hearted act is something to be celebrated or something to morally bankrupt in my opinion.

Comment by The Baldchemist
Nov 13, 2007 6:41 PM

Don’t confuse or even mention art here. That was just bloody awful. However don’t get into the “kill him” for revenge mode or do the same to him/her. That puts us all into the same mentality. Killing is never justified- ever.
Lets make sure this stuff NEVER happens again in the name of art or anything else for that matter.
For once I am speechless. It’s upset me very very much.
So please, cut the violent talk out.the baldchemist.

Nov 14, 2007 12:31 AM

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Comment by violacolor
Nov 14, 2007 2:26 AM

stop stop stop speaking about vargas
he got his target ! do not follow his game !

we have to avoid other vargas will act the same way

we just have to realize what human being mean .

Comment by Cattie
Nov 14, 2007 4:29 AM

Are you KIDDING me, Constabel? May I just assert that there is no way to justify torture and cruelty to living creatures? When we get into justifying our more horrific thoughts and actions (rather than accepting they are wrong and changing them), that’s how we get things like Guantanamo Bay and Nazi Germany…oh, my stars.

I’m normally against “eye for an eye,” but this guy sounds awful…I think it’s been said, but perhaps the “artist” should be chained to a wall until he starves…that’s unthinkable…but so is what he did.

Aaah, this whole story is just awful.

Comment by Warren Liberty
Nov 14, 2007 1:34 PM

This man Will Be Punished By thee Man From Galilee.God’s Gonna Cut Him Down,and I pitty him.As for the Beautiful Innocent animals he is abusing and exploiting My heart has never stopped bleeding for them.This man is going to be judged by GOD and he has no idea whats in store for him.I hope God Forgives him cuz Hell Must be Eternally unforgiving.I Absolutely Hate Abuse in all it’s ugly forms.This Man should go to prison for the rest of his life.

Nov 15, 2007 3:35 AM

[…] kunstenaar Guillermo Habacuc Vargas, een straathond, touw en een kunstatelier. Vervolgens laat je de hond uithongeren tot hij dood gaat en noemt het vervolgens kunst. Onbegrijpelijk dat de bezoekers van het atelier […]

Comment by erin
Nov 15, 2007 11:42 AM

Absolutely horrible. Why no one did anything to help the poor dog is beyond me. I just don’t understand people at all sometimes. My heart aches for the poor little guy.

Comment by asdf
Nov 15, 2007 12:03 PM

Why has this man done anything wrong? If anything he revealed the ugly nature of the bystander. Constantly unwilling to ever raise there hand in defense of any standards or principles. The artist isn’t to blame, but the viewers of this dog are.

Comment by Roberto
Nov 15, 2007 1:57 PM

I disagree with the previous post. Both the artist and the bystanders are to blame. This problem is quite similar to that of the Nazis. The leadership gave the orders and the members followed. Both are to blame.

Comment by Melanie
Nov 15, 2007 2:40 PM

In answer to your question ‘asdf’..
I would say he is culpable..he exploited a defenceless animal in order to win a prize. I very much doubt that his motive was to reveal the ‘ugly nature of the bystander’, certainly from what I’ve read, he has never proclaimed it as such.
What he did, was an abuse of power plain and simple..if he had any kind of point to make..he could have made it, in any number of creative..imaginative ways..and not at the expense of this poor dog.
There is no justification, for that form of cruelty.

Comment by SorPeace
Nov 15, 2007 2:46 PM

Unfortunately the academy that hosts Bienarte 2008 has posted a disclaimer saying that the petition will not affect their consideration of Guillermo Vargas Habacuc.

So best is to appeal to those that help fund the event.

Have your readers contact the dutch organization that funds the Bienarte 2008 event:
HIVOS (Humanistisch Instituut voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking)

Tell them to stop supporting events that showcase artists that kill/hurt animals for art’s sake.

In the meantime, I suggest that all artists MAKE art about what they would like Guillermo Vargas Habacuc to suffer, like this one did in our home town:

Thank you for exposing this pathetic excuse of a so called “artist”.

Comment by Nickolas
Nov 16, 2007 1:30 AM

Let us call it what this really is ? This is NO Art it is TORTURE of an innocent life by NOT an artist but a TERRORISTS One who abuses the innocent and posts them on images and tv and gets a stir around it and calls it what it is NOT
SATAN loves UPSIDE down thinking and until we start using WORDS correctly WE are in for deep trouble THIS IS NOT ART it is TORTURE OF INNOCENT LIFE!!!!!DO NOT BE FOOLED

Comment by Candida
Nov 16, 2007 5:43 AM

In the United states on average per year the number of animals slaughtered for food is 9,906 million. In 1970, over 600,000 square kilometers (232,000 square miles) of Amazon rain forest as in wildlife habitat has been destroyed.Every two hours a healthy animal is destroyed by animal welfare – how long did it take you to read this article and submit a comment on this board? How many interventions in to animals cruelty could you have made in this time, but didn’t?

With our leather shoes, Mcdonalds drive through, day at the dog tracks and the carbon omissions from our cars and our computers,We as human beings are guilty, we are neglectful, we are cruel to animals and to each other- the only difference between us and Vargas is he is honest about this and aware of his own potential as a human being to allow, to cause and to condone suffering.

You are what you read- artists are not superheros they are human beings, they are not obligated to save the world anymore than any other human being is, Vargas merely reflects the world we re living in:

we are Vargas – welcome to the human race.

Comment by Miss T Hatton
Nov 16, 2007 8:50 AM

This is shocking, I can’t believe this is true, how can someone be so cruel & the fact that he spent money to have the dog captured when he could have spent money to feed the poor thing or have it medically treated. The fact that people came to view it as art & did nothing appalls me even more. If I went to an art exhibit and saw this I would cause a riot, take the dog to the nearest animal hospital & report the lot of them.

Comment by Megan
Nov 16, 2007 12:10 PM

I can’t believe anyone’s suprised by this. I thought it was common knowledge that the vast majority of humans could give two shits less about any random animal, and if they find away to prosper from it? of course they’ll hurt and exploit it.
Humans are scum. I’ve already come to terms, I’m not shocked by this, just sickened.

Comment by Paul Mather
Nov 16, 2007 5:40 PM

Absolutely disgusting. The man should be subject to the exact same death as the poor dog. I wonder how ‘arty’ he’ll find that.


Comment by Timothy
Nov 16, 2007 7:43 PM

Candida Says: “we are cruel to animals and to each other- the only difference between us and Vargas is he is honest about this and aware of his own potential as a human being to allow, to cause and to condone suffering.”

I say: “GARBAGE”. We are all capable of countless unspeakable acts. We are all capable of looking the other way. I would not. I could not. I have nursed ill animals back to health, I have saved beings from the brink of death. most would not condone Vargus’ cruel play. For every human capable of evil there are 10 more who are capable of good. Vargus is not an artist or a philosppher. He is an evil hack with nothing to say. Karma will treat this scum as he deserves.

Comment by Alexander
Nov 16, 2007 7:46 PM

This really isn’t ‘Art’ in any shape or form IMO. It’s just despicable work. Pain is not art, art is something of beauty and sure emotion but never physical pain.
Lock em up.


Comment by EJ Wickes
Nov 17, 2007 2:31 AM

Art is created by choice. The participants should be willing. The dog was given no choice. He was victimized by some psuedo-intelectual artist with no concern for the spirit of life. It was said by Joyce that the artist creates the conscienceness of our race. I hope this act will torture his conscience as he has tortured this poor animal. Maybe a stronger statement would have been to starve himself to death.

I dissagree with Candida’s(495)impersonal point of view. Exploiting the death of another creature intentionally is not justification for rubbing the inhumanity of man in anyones’ face. Millions of people are starving and being slaughtered as we speak. Should we tie one to a stake and let them starve to death to make an artistic statement? I think not.

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Comment by Jay Dias
Nov 17, 2007 6:21 AM

A desperate “artist” who lacks talent! This is Disgusting !! I also think that all the people who went there and let it happen are accomplices for letting it happen ! Some action is needed so people like him know that this kind of thing will not be tolerated !

Comment by Gabriela Wetherill
Nov 17, 2007 6:27 AM

Sick. All I can say.

Comment by Gilles
Nov 17, 2007 2:34 PM

In response to cadidas495… there is a huge difference between a stray dog dying of starvation in a mal-nurished and bad socio economic ridden environment in San Jose.. and paying innocent children to capture a helpless starving animal, domesticated animal i might add (much different then cows who are bred for slaughter, which is a whole other issue on its own), and have it tied up and left to die like a prisoner. Art should embellish the soul, not torture it.

Comment by Jesse
Nov 18, 2007 11:09 AM

I was apalled to read this. It is disgusting. No more words are needed.

Comment by Mel
Nov 19, 2007 10:08 AM

There is a difference between leaving a stray animal to roam and potentially starve and catching a stray animal and giving it no possible option but to starve to death. The first is leaving the dog as nature intended to fend for itself, it is not kind but it is not implicitly cruel, at least not at the hands of humans.
The second option is abhorrent; to take an animal, tie it up and watch it die slowly and painfully is disgusting. I make no judgement as to whether people think of it as art or not, I am merely pointing out that cruelty on this scale should not be allowed for any reason.
If someone were to do the same to a homeless person, in order to increase awareness over the plight of those with no fixed abode then we would be looking at a murder case and there would be little question over whether or not it was cruel.

Comment by Laura
Nov 19, 2007 12:01 PM

this is absolutely disgusting. i hope he chains himself up next. he deserves to die if he thinks it art to forcefully cause another living creature to die.

Comment by Alexandra
Nov 19, 2007 1:38 PM


Leaving an animal starve to death its art???

Supose i what to be an artist.. can i do to Mr “Animal” Vargas the same that he do with that dog???

Maybe people need to think more about the actions that they do..
We are all animals

Comment by Trevor Reed
Nov 19, 2007 4:18 PM

Heartless, Guttless, Tasteless and most definitely Artless.

Comment by Expert
Nov 20, 2007 3:17 AM

EJ makes a civil and true point. I can’t even write a coherent sentence as I’ve read this so I’ll just say – this “artist” needs to die in a fire.

Comment by Michelle Simard
Nov 20, 2007 1:12 PM

This man obviously does not understand what it is to be a great artist, or even an artist at all. You do not cause harm to living creatures to show the plight of these creatures.
This artist has not respected natural laws nor the principles of artistry. I doubt he will get respect from other artists that he so desperately wants because no artist would ever believe that what he did was artistry. It was inhumane and barbaric. He should be charged with animal abuse.

Shame on him and shame on those who witnessed this.
I would invite this man to do such an exhibit in North America or Europe, he would not get away such exploits. Instead he is a coward and will only do it in countries where he could do this kind of exhibit.

So if we can’t stop him from doing exhibits in those countries, lets ask him to come to metropolitan cities so we can put him behind bars and then try a case to the supreme court and deplete his resources and ruin his reputation.

Please spread the word.

Comment by Paul Grayburn
Nov 20, 2007 4:16 PM

I’d like to chain that c*nt to the wall,see how he likes it, aart my arse!

Comment by Dale Atkin
Nov 21, 2007 4:00 PM

What this guy did was disgusting, but I can sort of understand what he was going for (not that he should have been allowed to do it by any stretch of the imagination, as its definitely cruelty to animals).

Each day, these people walk by starving animals in the street, and they do nothing. Suddenly it becomes wrong because its in a gallery? No, it was wrong all along. What I don’t understand is why the people who attended the exhibition, or the staff of the gallery, or anyone would *allow* this to go on, regardless. Surely the guy wasn’t watching this dog 24/7. SOMEONE could have fed this dog, yet no one took the initiative. It says something about society when we are content to walk by a scene like this, register our disgust, but not do anything about it.

Comment by Jennifer Powers
Nov 21, 2007 4:31 PM

This is just sick … Stop already!!!

Comment by JaMeS
Nov 21, 2007 8:33 PM

fwck him..thats all I can say. :(

Comment by emma
Nov 22, 2007 6:21 AM

this is discusting and outragous speaking as a artist myself this has no place in the art world at all. The horrible person who did this wants locking up and the key throughing away.

Comment by Hia Morrison
Nov 22, 2007 11:48 AM

I believe this man is sick and he should be punished, I would like to do the same exact thing he did to the dog to him…

“Do to others what you would like them to do to you”… or suffer the consecuences…-KARMA-, sooner or later he will pay, he will run but wont be able to hide and he will burn in his own hell.
And that is all I got to say about that…

Comment by Pete
Nov 22, 2007 2:44 PM

Firstly I have to ask if this is one of those hoaxes like the one about using live dogs as bait for shark fishing or the Bonsai Kittens. Assuming that this isn’t a hoax I have to wonder at the local law. Is this illegal locally? I’m not saying “is this wrong” as we all agree on that one, but what I am getting at is “will this skeezy chump get his just punishment for this”?

Live life morally. If you see this in future do whatever it takes to put right the wrong. Feed the dog, set it free, whatever it takes. Too late for this dog, but the next one it might not be.

Comment by caro
Nov 22, 2007 6:29 PM

what happened with that sick bastard!!!!????

Comment by kylee
Nov 24, 2007 10:56 AM

wtf….. there is a line between art and cruelty.

this is cruelty. what was the purpose and his idea???
there is a peice of art around that has an already deceased dog in half…. but he didnt kill the dog in the gallery.

i do not agree with this at all… but my curiosity is wondering his intension through this ‘art’….. there must have been one or the gallery wouldnt have shown the animal…. what are the laws around this type of thing also…….

what a sick sick man……

Comment by maly108
Nov 24, 2007 2:31 PM

the same thing should happend to him!!

Comment by Alicia
Nov 25, 2007 11:17 AM

So why did nobody do something about the dog, for crying out loud??!!! If I had been to such an exhibition, I would have untied the dog myself and taken him away after kicking the artist in the behind and tying him there to take the dog’s place!! I cannot stand back and watch any animal being ill treated. It’s no use airing these things when it is all over – I keep saying that to everyone, and I’m sure many of you here must be thinking the same thing too. DO sommething while the animal is being ill treated – DO NOT wait till it is dead. Surely there must have been some animal lovers who visited the exhibition and saw what was going on. Why was nothing done?? I will definitely sign the petition. How such a person can be invited to represent his country beats me.

Comment by violacolor
Nov 25, 2007 12:52 PM

to me and as i know vargas will be at 2008 exibition . no petition has been accepted.
he got his target and we might no more speak about him.
is the fact true (?)
in any case if yes he is absolutely wrong.

the problem is moreover the different death/life meaning .


Comment by Laura
Nov 26, 2007 12:28 PM

i don’t really understand how this is art whatsoever… what was this even supposed to represent?? this it totally f*cked. obviously it’s abuse, and nothing like art.

Comment by violacolor
Nov 27, 2007 4:49 AM

i think vargas is a closed affair.
perhaps nothing true.

animals and humans are dying all over the world owing to several reasons.
we have to avoid to ‘produce’ in our society other vargas.

it s no question of art or intelligence.
only money.
stop it.


Comment by Lee
Nov 27, 2007 4:00 PM

F*cking disgusting VILE!!!

Comment by Karina
Nov 28, 2007 11:38 AM

I am really impressed how people can be devoided any feelings and how terrible things they can do. Really I congratulate the author of this idea and I will pray for the same life for him- or maybe i have better idea, more modern- let’s try our stupid ideas on ourselves. on the next show I would like to wait the starvation of the man who killed the dog and is proud of himself coz of that. You are extremaly stupid man, I worry if there is more so crazy people on this world as you.

Nov 29, 2007 11:46 AM


“I don’t think you can impose your personal emotional point of view on a situation of a vastly different cultural context.YES YOU CAN. VIOLENCE IS VIOLENCE. IF YOU DO NOT SEE THAT, RE-EDUCATION IS NECESSARY, AND LAWS TO PROTECT THE VICTIMS. I mean, a pick axe to his face? murder? REALLY? do you have that reaction when you see a dead pigeon lying in the street? YES, SADNESS THAT ONE MORE ANIMAL IS ABUSED. do you feel like murdering the children of whoever drove over the poor poor pigeon?OF COURSE NOT! IF THEY DID IT INTENTIONALLY THEY NEED TO

and in most south american cities, stray dogs are nothing more than a dirty nuisance.” JUST LIKE STREET CHILDREN.

Comment by elav
Nov 29, 2007 10:21 PM

why not to tie this motherf*er in a corner and let him die starved?

Comment by violacolor
Nov 30, 2007 2:28 PM

>> sakanta
i appreciate your comment

Comment by Adrian Moores
Dec 03, 2007 6:09 PM

Holy **** this guy needs to be starved for a few days then beat slowly to death over a few more. Anyone who could do this to a living creature deserves no better. Any burnt out hippy can do anything and call it art this guy is a piece of sh*t who deserves nothing better then a foot up his ass.

Comment by violacolor
Dec 06, 2007 8:52 AM

. stop spend time about vargas. he got his target. we have to avoid other vargas can do the same ‘comedy’.
too difficult understand the life way and death/life meaning of another country.
so we all we might do what in our possibilities to help people or animals crossing our life and forget vargas and friends.

Comment by Jules L
Dec 06, 2007 10:55 AM

It is such a shame that people are furious with this type of abuse, but let it continue to happen all over the world by ignoring it. The artist should be held accountable for his actions, but look at the response he has received for his ‘ART’. 54 pages of comments, god knows how many hits and we are morbidly fascinated by this atrocious act of a dumb animal.
Don’t just speak – ACT.

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.. 30.000 $ to whom ?

Comment by sara
Dec 15, 2007 7:07 AM

My work deals ultimately with power and this typifies the extent of human power over the weak. It is blatantly cruel and serves as example of no one stepping over a bourgeois boundary set in place for frivolous gain. It made no point other than multiple people sliding into voyeur’s place for a time when action was called. This work culls an elite evil. This artist is suppose to represent Honduran work; and if it were my country my shame could be not much greater than it is now, that a human is capable of such levels of neglect where the outcome suffers the least of which is a poor philosophical debate which can hardly be made for it.

Comment by violaclor
Dec 16, 2007 8:41 AM

i m really surprised that blog s people is still talking about it.
i dont know why – there are many other bad things happening in the world.
vargas will be at the 2008 expo as the academy didnt accept any petition.

Comment by Ondine
Dec 18, 2007 12:37 AM

It is a well know fact that all serial killers often began by killing and torturing animals. AND no, we should not stop talking about this, blogging about this, until VARGAS, has no gallery representation.

To say there is other suffering in the world…. yes there is, and it is the duty of a responsible citizen that lives in society to speak out against injustice WHEREVER it may lay…

This issue goes beyond the dog…. this sick type of art began with Damien Hirst, who cut in half a mother cow and her calf, and stabilized them, and now they are shown in the tate museum in London…. that was art? AND he won the turner prize for it… Turner must be turning over in his grave… his art was about LIGHT…. not dark and evil…

The real problem is with the so-called art experts, the museum curators, critics who think that they can dictate to the world what art is. There lack of creative ability, their lack of vision, there andy warholesque obsession with either creating or following a tread has led us to museum’s full of contemporary garbage. There are GREAT young artists out there who get NO space because they will not cross the line into the unspeakable….MURDER in the name of art.

It is not because one has a degree in art history, that they can tell US what art is. They have their noses stuck in their books and up their other extremity. So much so that they forget what the artist really wanted us to SEE….. they never step back for perspective….

So….Vargas is the culmination of a sick art society, of snobby pseudo-intellectuals, and a complacent world who thinks they can change nothing. For the record I hold 3 university degrees and I deplore the attitude of others with the same type of education who feel they are superior to others. Often their degrees have brought them nothing more than more ignorance about the world.

We can change things… SPEAK out and do not let this issue die until it is dealt with…. and SPEAK out against other blasphemies, other outrages when you are disgusted…. only then can we feel the winds of change

Comment by violacolor
Dec 18, 2007 11:55 AM

yes ondine.
i agree on the fact that natividad died in the name of ‘vargas art’ and it had been a victime of this affair.
i agree about the fact that vargas is responsible but there are no elements to proof that . it seems he or his childs gave food when exibition was off in the evening.
people said thousand and thousand versions of the fact.
the academy disregarded all petitions.
so. what can we really do against vargas in honduras ?
hawe u the power to do it ?
if yes ok but when i wrote stop to speak on him i meant that we only match vargas target. money glamour and so on.
tks fow your comment.

Comment by Lee Oliver
Dec 21, 2007 1:18 PM

I guess Joseph Mengele was an artist as well?

If Vargas tried this in Canada, where I live, he would have been charged with cruelty.

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Comment by Latinist
Dec 30, 2007 10:44 AM

The whole Vargas incident was a hoax.

Comment by Genny
Dec 31, 2007 10:12 AM

if art is to imitate life, what does that say about us? have we lost love and compassion. why is it that in some parts of the world this can be accepted as art and in others we’re (like myself) appalled to the point of sickening. if we can have moritorium for global warming; why not a moritorium on violence to the helpless; especially those who cannot not use their own voice to scream to the rooftops that this is JUST WRONG….may God in his goodness accept this poor loving creature.

Comment by Melody
Jan 06, 2008 3:11 PM


Comment by Tina McCann
Jan 07, 2008 7:42 AM

Vargas he’s a sick MoFo – How can people possibly walk past this poor animal and ignore it’s’s so, so wrong and Vargas and the others involved need to be punished, as does anyone who inflicts cruelty on the innocent, helpless animals of this world. How was this possibly allowed??

Comment by T J Bloggs
Jan 09, 2008 1:20 PM

The following is a translation of a spanish statement made by the gallery that exhibited the dog.
According to this, the dog was fed, and kept only 3 days before escaping the night watchman.
An internal inquiry by the Costa Rican body that is looking to promoted the artist this year, also concluded that this is the truth.

Babel Fish Translation

In English:
EXPLANATION OF GALERIA CODICEManagua, 19 of October Gallery Codex from its creation in 1991, has promoted the Central American, but specially the Nicaraguans visual arts, as much in the national level, like in regional and the international. In Codex they have exposed great Central American teachers, as well as consolidated and emergent artists. The contemporary languages of the universal art also have had space in Codex, reason why periodically it welcomes samples of conceptual art. With that spirit, Thursday 16 of August just last No.1 Exhibition appeared, of the Costa Rican artist, Guillermo Vargas, known artistic like HABACUC. One of the exposed works consisted of presenting/displaying a famélico dog that Habacuc gathered of the street, and during the exhibition he appeared moored with a nylon cord, that was subject as well to another cord that hung of two nails in a corner of the Gallery. Habucuc named to the dog “Natividad” in tribute to the Nicaraguan Natividad Canda (24 years) that died devoured by two Rottweiler dogs in a factory of San jOse, Costa Rica, the dawn of Thursday 10 of November of 2005. The dog remained in the premises three days, from the 5 of afternoon of Wednesday 15 of August. He was loose all along in the inner patio, except the 3 hours that the sample lasted, was fed regularly with dog food that the same Habucuc brought. Surprise, to the dawn of Friday 17, the dog escaped happening through the iron iron doors of the main entrance of the building, while the nocturnal watchman who finished feeding cleaned it the outer sidewalk of the same one. The Gallery Codex reserves the right of guarding by the quality of the exposed works, respecting at any moment the creativity of the artist and it has never tried to exert no type of censorship, as long as they do not attempt against the elementary principles of the ethics and much less than they imply the life of a living being, is human or animal. I thought to remain with “Natividad”, but he preferred to return to his own habitat. I celebrate the one that so many people in the international level have been annoying by the declarations offered by Habacuc, in which she maintained that its intention was to let die to the starvation dog, which is of its absolute responsibility. When fulfilling informing the truth into the facts, I hope that all those same people have also elevated their voice of repudio when Natividad Canda was devoured by the Rottweiler. Kindly, Juanita BermúdezDirectoraGalería CódiceManagua, Nicaragua

Comment by T J Bloggs
Jan 09, 2008 1:22 PM

Please read the following translation..
The dog was kept for 3 days, fed, and escaped past the night watchman.

Babel Fish Translation

In English:
EXPLANATION OF GALERIA CODICE Managua, 19 of October Gallery Codex from its creation in 1991, has promoted the Central American, but specially the Nicaraguans visual arts, as much in the national level, like in regional and the international. In Codex they have exposed great Central American teachers, as well as consolidated and emergent artists. The contemporary languages of the universal art also have had space in Codex, reason why periodically it welcomes samples of conceptual art. With that spirit, Thursday 16 of August just last No.1 Exhibition appeared, of the Costa Rican artist, Guillermo Vargas, known artistic like HABACUC. One of the exposed works consisted of presenting/displaying a famélico dog that Habacuc gathered of the street, and during the exhibition he appeared moored with a nylon cord, that was subject as well to another cord that hung of two nails in a corner of the Gallery. Habucuc named to the dog “Natividad” in tribute to the Nicaraguan Natividad Canda (24 years) that died devoured by two Rottweiler dogs in a factory of San jOse, Costa Rica, the dawn of Thursday 10 of November of 2005. The dog remained in the premises three days, from the 5 of afternoon of Wednesday 15 of August. He was loose all along in the inner patio, except the 3 hours that the sample lasted, was fed regularly with dog food that the same Habucuc brought. Surprise, to the dawn of Friday 17, the dog escaped happening through the iron iron doors of the main entrance of the building, while the nocturnal watchman who finished feeding cleaned it the outer sidewalk of the same one. The Gallery Codex reserves the right of guarding by the quality of the exposed works, respecting at any moment the creativity of the artist and it has never tried to exert no type of censorship, as long as they do not attempt against the elementary principles of the ethics and much less than they imply the life of a living being, is human or animal. I thought to remain with “Natividad”, but he preferred to return to his own habitat. I celebrate the one that so many people in the international level have been annoying by the declarations offered by Habacuc, in which she maintained that its intention was to let die to the starvation dog, which is of its absolute responsibility. When fulfilling informing the truth into the facts, I hope that all those same people have also elevated their voice of repudio when Natividad Canda was devoured by the Rottweiler. Kindly, Juanita BermúdezDirectoraGalería CódiceManagua, Nicaragua

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Comment by violacolor
Jan 11, 2008 10:56 AM

we all we know the fact of natividad canda and
dont know if or not people potested about that.
what’s the rule of natividad/dog at the galery ?

anyway academy has its returns if they will call back vargas in 2008 and we cant do anyting.
to me the hystory is closed

Comment by bty montealegre
Jan 14, 2008 7:53 PM

que crueldad :(

maten a ese wey de hambre tmb!!!

Comment by María Antonieta
Jan 14, 2008 8:02 PM

Terminen con el abuso de los animales..
Ellos también sienten y no se lo merecen

Comment by Betsy
Jan 14, 2008 8:22 PM

pues yo opino que es una brutalidad lo que este quiere hacer con el perro que son el animal mas noble de este planeta y que poca que quiera matar al pobre animal y ojala que se pueda parar este crimen

Comment by Well
Jan 15, 2008 5:45 PM

I don’t like animals really, but I’m a vegan because I don’t believe in being cruel to living beings. I hate visiting people with pets who allow them to crawl on me because I don’t want to be around animals…yet I would never harm one…ever..not even a bug. What this asshole did was horrible…and I hope he comes to understand the suffering he put this dog threw.

Comment by Mindah
Jan 18, 2008 1:47 PM

This is SO unbelievable. Reminds me a little of the bonsai kitty thing. Someone has to be completely heartless to be able to do this. So awful, it really is.

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Comment by liza
Jan 22, 2008 12:39 AM

How come no one did anything at the gallery?
Animal abuse is the worst thing. I just wish that people will stop these nonsense and live in peace. Humans and animals….Let’s make this world a better place to live.
Animals are being victims all over the world…
used as shark bait in France, Human consumption in Korea,China , and the Phillipines…..Just horrible…

Comment by Avestriël
Jan 22, 2008 7:51 AM

Do you people even read the comments?

Comment by CMC
Jan 23, 2008 5:16 PM

SICK SICK SICK – how can anyone consider this any way shape or form as art. This looks more like a serial killer in training!

Comment by Artist13
Jan 25, 2008 5:18 AM

i feel this issue to be very double sided indeed…. My feeling on this is that he is a twisted man. but the reason behind the art i feel is to alert people into this kind of suffering going on. The reason why the gallery did not do anything is because the artist more than likely had a reasonable enough cause for this artwork.

If you think about it, now this has happened it is a known fact that people are partitioning to save the other dfogs from being treated liike this, yet before this artwork was displayed. no one even had two thoughts of the already suffering feral dogs and cats out there.

So i repeat, i do NOT condone this at all But from working within the art industry at college and home. i can see he ment well. so im sorry but sometimes you need to aproach these things with open minds.

Comment by Lucy
Jan 26, 2008 10:37 PM

I was very shocked to know this.
I’d like to write this in my blog and make it known all through Japanese dog lovers.
I think this is not an art.
It’s just a curuel act.
He munst not do that and never be forgiven.

Comment by Yuri WATANABE
Jan 29, 2008 10:50 AM

All peaple who just watched and were ignore the dog that was made by GOD are going to the HELL.

Now Costa Rican has been cursed till they get converted from bottm of their hearts.

Republic of Costa Rica means the HELL on the ground.
Costa Rican means beastly ambassador of HELL!

Comment by kyla
Jan 30, 2008 12:50 PM

WOW!!! Artist13…You are a sick fuck too I see. I too, am an artist of many mediums. He could’ve proved his point in many other forms. That is just wrong. Why contribute to more deaths, not to mention the poor unknowing kids he got to kidnap the dog….Again you and this man are sick fucks. You should maybe get married and breed or something

Comment by Toni...sickened by this
Jan 30, 2008 8:37 PM

You know…this has been haunting me for days, and although I do well with wods…I cant seem to find any that express my emmence revultion at this crime. Yes, this is a crime, against animals, humans, and mostly against this poor defenseless dog. This “artist” should have done o him the same as he did to the dog…maybe then ARTIST 13 we can have an expose on what human starvation looks like, because according to your ludicris statement, it was acceptable because of the example it disayed. I wonder if we shackled you to a wall and deprived you of food and water, and then BROWSED around you as you suffer…I wonder if you would feel that was justified. No…an artist…a HUMAN, would SAVE a starving dog and document its survival and its response to human kindness. ARTIST 13, if you and this bastard were TRUE artists, you would chronicle the advancement of human/animal relations, and create beauty. This shock value bullshit was meant for no other purpose than to fed the ego of this depraved bastard…and anyone that can see his point or browse arond this poor, innocent trapped dog is immoral an void of even the most human heart.
You want to suffer for your art?Than YOU SUFFER…dont decide for another…especialy an innocent animal…that they must suffer for your ego.The look in that pup’s eyes…as he watched people pass…as he weakened and suffred and died.
I wish the bastard that did this and all involved and you ARTIST 13 to suffer threfold, because this beautiful dog suffers no more….but yours only begins. May you all be damned eternally. I spit on you.

Comment by Pip
Feb 01, 2008 12:55 AM

One word – KARMA – what goes around will come around. No person or innocent animal should have to go through something like this for Art’s sake. I call this murder and for those that approve – you are in the same box!!

Comment by Nadia Evans
Feb 01, 2008 1:34 AM

Guillermo Habacuc Vargas, I hope you read this!

All too often we get people who call themselves ARTISTS. What is art? Is art rape, killing, torture? Art is the expression of love between people, between all creatures, between us, the earth & the universe… Art is when a creation is something beautiful, something that leaves people inspired. Where in the world have pain & suffering ever been enjoyed, but by monsters.

Don’t we have enough pain and suffering in the world? Everyday prayers go out to the billions (all of God’s creations)out there so that their affliction might be lessened, & yet there are DEMONS among us who violate the very sacredness of life.

Guillermo Habacuc Vargas, you are no artist!!! You don’t know what art is! Your DESPERATE attempt at being an artist at the expense of a helpless, starving creature and even enlisting the help of children was evil!


Comment by Mike
Feb 01, 2008 5:39 AM

It’s not art, it’s a murder.

Comment by DT
Feb 01, 2008 1:18 PM




Comment by antoinetje
Feb 02, 2008 4:14 AM

Guillermo Habacuc Vargas you son of a bitch if i ever meet you i will kill you and not they way you did with that dog you will suffer much more i can promise you that sick basterd you call yourself an artist but you are nothing but a loser it’s so sick and all the people who watch it and did not do anything i hate you and you should die in the same way…

Comment by Branta
Feb 04, 2008 7:12 AM

Though I think that this is a truly sick idea on the part of the artist, I believe that he makes an extremely pointed comment on the state of society and humanity. Just because an artist says not to feed a dog these people, the audience, the gallery owners, then go ahead and obey? Who are these people? What moral or ethical poverty is displayed by them?

However, whatever the motive of the artist, or societal moral destitution revealed under his spotlight, what he has done is inexcusable. There are plenty of other ways of achieving these ends that do not result in the genuine suffering of a being.

Comment by Miyuki Takiyama
Feb 05, 2008 8:12 PM

Hisugiru!onaji ningenga shiteiruto omouto kanashiku naru.inochiwo nandato omotte irunoka!!!

Comment by Dana Bee
Feb 05, 2008 10:57 PM

this is more than just abuse!!!

Comment by Janny
Feb 06, 2008 9:05 AM

Both the named himself artist and visitors are cool blood.

Comment by Denise
Feb 08, 2008 7:23 PM

The “artist” is obviously an untalented asshole who needs to be chained up and starved, then beat to death. The people who went to see it and did nothing should be too.

Comment by Artist13
Feb 09, 2008 9:52 AM

i did not say i was a true artist at all actually. but if you researched more into this issue as i have you would have known that the dog was actually dieing already.

i am not a sick ‘fuck’ as you say coz his art disgusts me aswell. BUT THINK ABOUT IT DICK HEAD if he didnt do it you all wouldnt hav made two fucking thoughts about the rest of the dogs in this world would you

so how about you get off your pedistool and suck my bollocks.

i think this is NOT NOT NOT art at all. IT MAKES ME SICK. i have a beautiful labrador and would give it the world.

OH and people did walk around this dig yes. but why did they not give him food or water… coz a shitty sign said so??

maybe you ‘toni’ shoudl have thought about that. maybe if the civillians that observed this poor animal have screwed the sign and resued it it would still be alove now??

maybe… maybe not.

Comment by Kiss_Of_Death
Feb 09, 2008 10:45 PM


I’m a Big Supporter of The Death Penalty.
I can’t wait to see You being walked
to The Chair or Gas Chamber.
How I miss this one!
Anyway, Good old Hanging you from a Tall Tree
or Shooting You in the neck or mouth.
That would be Lovely!
Now this would be Real Art!
I’m so hopeful that we can get you someday!

Worst wishes, asshole.

If I had my way I would shoot you myself!

Kiss Of Death.

Comment by Scott MacKay
Feb 10, 2008 9:44 AM

A total shame and a sad statement of our value systems gone bad. When a group of people apathetically allow this to go on under their own noses then individuals attack each other, almost anonymously, through the internet, on this BLOG.

I could hardly call this art. Would we do the same to a human or for that matter a human child and put it on display and try and sell it to others as art? Is that our next step? Would anyone condone that in public or in private?

To have partaken in an act such as this is sad whether it be to tie the dog up or to walk by and do nothing.

A really sad shame.

Comment by nejjie
Feb 11, 2008 7:42 AM

and no one did anything when this happened? who is worse, the expectators, the directors of the event or this nasty guy? they should all be tortured and hung….

Feb 12, 2008 7:41 PM

This is absolutely OUTRAGEOUS and condemn such merciless action!! THIS IS NOT ART, this is crude CRUELTY.

Comment by Mundotaku
Feb 12, 2008 10:53 PM

Honestly, Who is so stupid to call that art?

Comment by Mayumi Kawarazaki
Feb 14, 2008 9:21 PM

Man is not great.
Life as which dog is the same.
It is very sad.

Comment by joe
Feb 14, 2008 10:49 PM

this is so f*cked up, and the guy is the one who believe himself a good artist and stupid art critiques admire his stupid act.
“anything can be art” is a silly old idea, and this could never be art, it’s just animal abuse.

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Comment by
Feb 18, 2008 12:32 AM

It has long been discussed as to “What is Art”.

This ain’t it!

This was cruel, inhumane, unnecessary, exploitative, and does not communicate, anything regarding the human condition.

It is the work of immature, self important, Hippocrates, who only claim to power is to abuse the innocent. What’s worse is this is in many ways an acceptable part of our culture. Which we would be better of abandoning rather that embracing. I vote for the dog not any such “artist”.

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Comment by Roxanne DeLillo
Feb 22, 2008 4:40 PM

This guy should have someone do the same to him. That I think would be art!

Comment by Stacey
Feb 23, 2008 8:42 AM

We should tie him up and leave him to die. All in the name of art mind you.

Comment by Rich Essem
Feb 24, 2008 9:04 AM

I take complete offense to the twisted notion that this idiot’s murderous display was art at all. As a visual artist, I call on anyone else who thinks this was totally psycho to remember the name ‘Guillermo Habacuc Vargas’… hopefully, this daft scumbag will never get another gallery showing for as long as he unfortunately lives!

Comment by lucijanus
Feb 26, 2008 12:07 AM

F*cking idiot……….

Comment by claudia
Feb 27, 2008 9:33 PM

Antes de comenzar quiero hacerle una aclaración a mmm no se como llamarlo… “Artista”?

El perro al cual a través de sus actos inhumanos dio muerte, lo puede considerar usted mismo como un animal, y ¿qué pensamos al escuchar la palabra Animal?… acaso cuando le nombran esta palabra a usted se le viene a la mente algo que debe morir y desaparecer de la faz de la tierra? Si su respuesta es Si o algo parecido a alguna afirmación, le respondo que, que espera usted para hacerse Nada en esta vida…

Según la RAE (Real Academia de la Lengua), Animal es Ser orgánico que vive, siente y se mueve por propio impulso, si analizamos este concepto hasta nosotros cabemos en él, no es así, y si lo vemos como una jerarquía, la palabra Animal estaría en la cúspide del organigrama, siendo subordinados Vivíparos, Ovíparos Etc… de los vivíparos pueden ser subordinados los mamíferos y de estos los podemos dividir en Hombre, Perros, Gatos, etc… viendo entonces que hombre y perro se encuentran en el mismo nivel jerárquico, por lo que no deben de gozar uno de más privilegios que otros, ya que dependen del mismo superior y están en el mismo nivel jerárquico… Esto solo por si le hace falta conocer un poco de Administración y mejorar así su cultura general de la cual considero que carece mucho.

Para que pone todo ese rollo, porque si estamos al mismo nivel y el hombre siente, el perro también, si el hombre come, el perro también, si buscamos a través de la jerarquía de Mazlow tenemos perro y hombre tenemos en un 90% las mismas necesidades fisiológicas que satisfacer y si al hombre no se le niega el derecho de satisfacerlas porque a los perros si?

Ahora bien, hablaba de una muerte un tanto merecida, todo porque era un perro callejero, hambriento, sediento, sin dueño, sin hogar… y que me dice de los vagabundos, esos indigentes que se encuentran en la misma situación que el perro… a ellos también los va a exponer en sus galerías para ver cuanto tiempo tarda un ser humano en morir, o a caso un perro tiene que hacer una galería y exponer a ese vagabundo… No entiendo requiero de una buena explicación. Así también mencionaba que el perro en la calle o en la galería moriría, lo sé, a decir verdad todos sabemos que es el destino que todos llevamos, todos los animales que habitamos este planeta llamado Tierra, pero si bien sabemos es Dios (para los que creemos en él) o la Naturaleza (para los que no creen en él) los que deciden el fin de nuestras vidas, no nosotros, acaso se creía usted Dios o Naturaleza para decidir por la vida de ese pobre Perro?… de que privilegios gozaba para hacer lo que hizo?

Algo que trataba usted era hacer que la gente tomara conciencia respecto a esa situación, pero déjeme decirle que para poder crear un cambio de actitud en una población, en este caso el mercado objetivo captado por su galería a través de un mensaje, se necesitan de las ideas de un mercadólogo y de la creatividad de un publicita para poder llegar a la mente del publico objetivo… cosa, que usted no lo es… usted se hace pasar por un “Artista” no Mercadólogo ni publicista lo cual son cosas muy diferentes a lo que usted se dedica; por eso cuando desee influir en la sociedad hágalo recurriendo a expertos y no se deje llevar por ideas del momento, que no siempre son buenas; además que se deben de apegar a las leyes y reglamentaciones existentes en cada país, no sea que tenga consecuencias que puedan ir desde sanciones administrativas a penas de varios años de cárcel sin derecho a fianza…

Eso es todo, no me voy sin antes decir la frase que mencionan cuando hablan de Aborto “Todos tenemos derecho a la vida”… y puedo agregar que un “Perro también…”

Para dudas, comentarios o aclaraciones… comuníquese conmigo y yo le puedo hacer hasta la campaña publicitaria totalmente gratuita sin necesidad de incurrir a actos tan penosos y dolorosos como lo que usted cometió…

Mi Nombre es Claudia Colunga

Lic. En Admón. Y Mercadotecnia
Mi correo

Con todo gusto puedo darle ideas con excelentes resultados y sin recurrir a bajezas como las hechas por usted, con todo respeto pero ya ni chinga hijo de puta… y como dice Mago de Oz “En el infierno te he de encontrar”…

Comment by claudia
Feb 27, 2008 9:46 PM

Algo más que agregar a esto es, una definición acerca de la frase “Obra de arte”:

Obra de arte. Manifestación artística en la que se resumen un grupo de elementos: los individuales (como la personalidad del artista), los intelectuales (las ideas de la época), los sociales (la clientela) y los técnicos. En primer lugar, la obra de arte es el reflejo de una personalidad creadora, es decir, hay una relación estrecha entre los aspectos personales del creador y las características de su obra…. Entonces cual es la personalidad del disque artista, la de un ser asqueroso, putrefacto, sin sentimientos, ni lógica o sentido común, el que se cree Dios, el que decide por el destino de los demás, el de bajos instintos….

Joder, no es arte es asesinato, es atentar contra la vida animal… VIDA… VIDAAAAAAAAA…. Diablos cuantas cosas es necesario explicarle al respecto con tal de hacerlo entender que lo que hizo fue una locura, estupidez, pendejada, cobardía, chingadera…

Maldito si lo tuviera enfrente, le haría a usted mismo lo que le hizo a ese pobre perro… Quitarle el derecho a VIVIR… nuevamente aquí la palabra DERECHO y VIDA, acaso nunca fue a la escuela o no tuvo una madre que le explicara que significa eso… si no, nuevamente le reitero mi disposición para apoyarlo en su diario vivir. Como mercadologo administrador, psicólogo, motivador, abogado, entre otras cosas, estoy a su disposición.

Claudia Colunga


Comment by claudia
Feb 27, 2008 10:11 PM

De veras que esto esta emocionante

Y como decía uno de los post de por allí… hablar en persona no estaría nada mal a que buenos patazos te daría contra la pared haber si así hago reaccionar las pocas neuronas que te queden porque me cae que las has de tener bien pegadas que ya ni jalar quieren…

Y si realmente lo conseguiste… Eres FAMOSO, pero mira… ya hagarré la onda… si claro, mis amplios conocimientos sobre presupuestos de marketing no me podían fallar ni mucho menos las Estrategias… si ESTRATEGIAS, es la palabra adecuada… si bien sabemos lleva muchos años, esfuerzo, sacrificio o lo que es administración conocemos como Tiempo, Dinero y Esfuerzo volverse famoso y quizás el presupuesto no dejaba para mucho verdad… y hasta los asistentes en su momento pudieron llegar a ser muy pocas como para arrojar ganancias e invertir en mayor publicidad para usted mismo, que que hizo… haaaa se le prendió su entupido cerebro y dijo me gancho un perro, lo hago sufrir, a la gente le llama la atención, se atrae a más gente y zaz que pasa, me hago famoso, vendo muchas obras, tengo más clientes, me hago rico de la noche a la mañana, me conocen en todo el mundo, me dan premios por las míseras obras de arte gano y muero siendo lo Mejor…

Ese era su objetivo, lo logró, que sigue… como mencionaba en post anteriores… acerca de la Jerarquía que Maslow nos marca cuando el ser humano llega a la cúspide de sus necesidades y estas han sido satisfechas lo que espera es la Muerte… ya se esta preparando? Si no puede empezar ha hacerlo… digo no sea que Alguien que al igual que usted se crean Dios y naturaleza y venga a hacerle algo semejante a lo del perro, y se acabe esto antes de lo esperado…

Aguas… opóngase las pilas, es momento de enmendar los ERROR/HORRORES del pasado, en hora buena…


Clau Colunga

Comment by sara rojas
Feb 28, 2008 11:47 AM

Okey… Contemporary or modern art has shown us, that art is in even really amazing and bizare ways that we find to cause an impact and to acomplish our artistic goal…. but there is no posible way that we applaude such an insensitive and shalow performance…. art, even in it’s most unplesant forms, should never be unsensitive… i understand perfectly the artists view point, i even agree, but it does not justify the act! i know it may be a little hypocritical to worry about a dog, knowing there are people dying in the same way, but i can’t see this act as art in no way…morbo is harmful and unstopable….

Comment by Mark
Feb 29, 2008 3:46 PM

It might, just possibly, be art if he tied himself up so people could watch it happen to him…but probably not even then. Inviting the public in to witness inhumanity is barbaric, not artistic.

Comment by Paul
Feb 29, 2008 5:55 PM

Animal cruelty is often caused by people who are also cruel and abusive to humans. It is more common in people who have been abused as children. It is a cowardly, sub-human way of dealing with your own traumatic battering. That being said, I would like to invite Habacuc to Virginia, USA where he will be jailed where he belongs. But first I would like 10 minutes with him. Oh, and art? I am a collector and some of my works have traveled internationally. I have a growing million dollar collection of mid century modern paintings and sculptures so I think I know a wee bit about the subject matter.

Comment by gustavo santos
Feb 29, 2008 7:57 PM

Ya estoy cansado del seudo artista que mato un perro de hambre y de todos los que le corean insultos en todos los foros relacionados, no creo que sea necesario prestarle mas importancia que la que tiene, yo conozco mucha gente que a matado perros sobre todo de noche en la ruta, una tristeza.

El arte es creación y la destrucción es otra cosa muy diferente, no cabe la posibilidad de confundirse, por mas premios que le otorguen a este “artista” matar nunca será parte del arte.

Me han preguntado muchas veces sobre el tema aprovechando que yo mismo soy pintor de animales, perros por lo general, que opino de la obra de este tipo, a lo que respondo que no tuve el disgusto de conocerla y que no me importa tampoco, se puede ser en la vida lo que uno quiera siempre que conlleve un esfuerzo y una dedicación, atar a un animal a un cable y dejarlo morir en me comunica nada y es lógico, no es mas que un perro hambriento atado a un cable.

Caravaggio fue un pintor que le andaba cerca a la muerte, pinto El lecho de la virgen usando de modelo el cadáver de una ex novia, de niño vio morir a su familia incluso el mismo dio muerte a, por lo menos, un hombre. Era un artista tan oscuro como extraordinario. Guillermo Habacuc Vargas también esta cerca de la muerte pero sin un ápice de talento.

Comment by Mike
Mar 01, 2008 6:38 AM

To lucijanus: who?

Comment by Esteban
Mar 01, 2008 12:54 PM

La verdad que los artistas tienen la libertad de crear y transformar cualquiera cosa en arte, sin ir muy lejos, el gran Picasso realizó una cabeza de toro con el sillin y el manubrio de una bicicleta, otro como el desaparecido Mamzoni enlato sus excrementos y le pusó el nomnre M….de artista, la artis ta Gina Pane se cortaba con una hojilla su cuerpo e iba dejando marcas de sangre en su vestimenta blanca y hay muchas maneras de decir las cosas, de darlas a conocer o de ser famos 5 minutos como creo que lo dijo Andy Warhol… todo esta bien el artista puede reinventar, ver diferente, aunque en el caso de Gina Pane me pareció siempre un acto masoquista.
Pero en este caso del “artista” Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, me parece, y pienso que es así, un acto de terror hacia un animal indefenso. Creo que como” creador” tiene el derecho de inventar e imaginarse, o si quiere ver el proceso de la vida a la muerte es muy simple, le doy una idea es que haga lo mismo con su persona a ver como siente él mismo en carne propia el hambre y la sed. Así, el tendra un testimonio real de esa transformación y les dire que dentro de unos meses nadie se recordara de esta “manifestación artistica” y sólo quedara en el recuerdo lo qque disfrutaron o se deleitaron con este acto bochrnoso e indolente vulgar y macabro. Porque la vida es sagrada, no es porque seaun animal, un pobre perro, porque hay perros que viven bien y son tratados con amor y respecto por sus dueños.
Creo que el señor Vargas debe continuar en la reflexión en sus busquedas pero favor, que reflexione si tiene sentido de continuar a sacrificar más animales o bien que sea el que haga la experiencia con él mismo….yo soy un pintor..

Comment by jean
Mar 01, 2008 5:45 PM

oye esta bien q el arte tenga su propio estilo o cosas asi pero por eso no podemos hacer arte acosta de animales o personas y si el maltrato aun peor xq no ese tal guiillermo habacuc no le gustaria q elo agarren y lo vean asi es un pendejo maricon qe no sabe que es arte punto

Comment by joanne
Mar 02, 2008 8:23 AM

I am absolutely disgusted by this. I am an art lover but inflicting pain on a defenceless animal for little reason is just appalling. I cannot believe that this was allowed to happen. Particularly implicating his children in such a repulsive act too.

Comment by nina
Mar 03, 2008 1:59 AM

Please, Guillermo, do us all a favor and DIE. You are beyond EVIL and you deserve the worse. You sick, disgusting, poor idiot.

Comment by leonorcool
Mar 03, 2008 10:08 AM

This act is a crime, an artist constructs does not usurp lives, does
not kill defenseless animals to cover the talent deficiency as Habacuc
did. It is puy sad to know that ademas this patetic psychopaty
received approval of galeria, that becomes complice of so brutal
abuse automaticamente, tortuta and murder. I hope that the authorities
do something with this pathetic personage.

Comment by Don Branducci
Mar 03, 2008 10:58 AM

Disgusting being Vargas, make sure this act of cruelty you have committed will not go unpunished, someone will tie you up and leave YOU for dead and take pictures and will be called “What goes around comes around, Dead of an excrement that calls itself a person…”

Por si acaso no entiendas ingles, bestia ignorante, aqui te traduzco….el acto de crueldad que haz cometido no pasara sin que seas castigado por el hecho, alguien te va a cazar, atrapar y atarte del pescuezo con una soga y dejarte morir lentamente en una esquina de un bano publico sucio entre excrementos donde perteneces…y se llamara, “Lo que haces lo pagaras, muerte de un excrememento que se hace llamar una persona….”

Lo dicho hecho sera…..

Mar 04, 2008 2:45 PM

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Comment by Graham Lester George
Mar 04, 2008 5:42 PM

Dear Senor Vargas,

If what I read is true, then you have committed a very cruel act which reflects badly on you as a human being. The world is full of suffering committed in the name of greed and self-regard, so if you did commit such an act on a frightened and defenceless creature – in the name of art – it is indefensible. I do not wish you any physical harm, in fact I wish you a long life so that you may reflect on what you did (assuming that you have a conscience) for many years to come.

Comment by Silvana
Mar 04, 2008 11:57 PM

….y a este SALVAJE le llaman “senor” y “artista”?

Comment by Rachel
Mar 05, 2008 12:51 AM

This is just sick, i’m appalled that this has been allowed to take place. Why don’t we tie the artist to a wall and don’t feed him, all in the name of art of course and see how he copes with all the stress and pain. All I can say is what goes around comes around. To harm a living creature on purpose is unforgiveable!!!

Comment by Mike
Mar 05, 2008 5:02 AM

There is a line between art and cruelty.
This is cruelty. What was the purpose and his idea???

Comment by Carla
Mar 05, 2008 3:17 PM

This is the worse thing I’ve ever seen, I can’t believe someone is so sick to kill a dog in front of people I can’t believe no one did anything. Waooo that is really bad, and I can’t see any art in that, there is no creativity at all. It’s really bad and nasty it make me sick.

Comment by Fatima Duenas
Mar 05, 2008 5:46 PM

I can’t believe the ignorance of this creature. God gave us all common sense and the ability to use our brains… He was only thinking with his supposed “creativity” not his heart.. Let’s not worry, God will do justice on him sonner or later…. You pay for all your sins here on Earth… ANIMAL MURDERER!!!!!!!

Comment by Jen
Mar 06, 2008 8:39 AM

I think the “artist” should be stripped naked, placed in the same exhibit (chain and all) and starved for a few weeks. I’m sure he would rethink his opinion on what is considered “art”. There is nothing beautiful or creative about torturing a being with feelings. I can’t imagine how painful and frustrating that poor animal’s last few days must have been. This man’s actions are absolutely repulsive.

Comment by Pastel
Mar 06, 2008 11:49 AM

Basically, he got what he wanted. If no one knew him before, now the whole web knows who he is, possibly for the wrong reasons, at the cost of the life of an animal. Let’s not forget those people who went to see his exhibit and did nothing about it. I hope they all suffer fron slepless nights.

One day it would be wonderful that people would be famous for doing the right thing. Sad planet we live in.

Comment by Fiorella
Mar 06, 2008 6:21 PM

I wish they could post his picture, that way I know what he looks like and go to Costa Rica and hunt him down. Maybe we could do a exhibition of him chained in the wall with food all around him. Maybe we too can be artist and push our creativity to the maximum. I really hope he has a painfull death.

Comment by Sofia (Argentina)
Mar 07, 2008 6:10 AM

“Artist”?? This person is sick! He deserves a painfull death and to be treated like a beast.
This is the worse thing I’ve ever seen.How come peolple went to the exhibition and did nothing? Poor dog!
I wish I could have this “artist” in front of me…

Comment by Albert Einstein
Mar 07, 2008 6:53 AM

Propongo declarar artista a todo aquel que extinga una vida.
Propongo un premio al arte a quien extinga a Guillermo Vargas Habacuc.

Sugiero consagrar a Adolfo Hitler el mayor artista de todos los tiempos

Comment by Albert Einstein
Mar 07, 2008 6:57 AM

Let’s declare any criminal “artist”
I propose an “Honoris Causa” PHD in art to the human being that extiguish the life of Habacuc

I propose to consagrate Adolf Hitler the greatest artist of mankind

An of course, let’s eat dogs alive


Comment by gillian mciver
Mar 07, 2008 10:16 AM

I am so disgusted by this. But it is not his crime alone. I would like to indict the Gallery that allowed/encouraged him to do this act of vileness, and the “artlovers” who attended the spectacle, and the persons who proposed him to represent his country in this biennial.

The act itself, while crule and viel is an example of the misuse of art, an insult ot all artists.

For this reason I call for a total boycott of the “Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008″ and of the gallery, from formal participation in all and any regional and international art event.

Comment by Mayra
Mar 07, 2008 11:01 AM

Prosecute this man.

Comment by Barny
Mar 07, 2008 4:01 PM

I suggest this artist to do repeat for this exhibition,
but this time he should tie HIMSELF beside the dog!

Comment by Rafael Rothschild
Mar 08, 2008 8:46 AM

yeah… I agree, but we should also prosecute all of his clients, who knowingly by this type of “ART”

Comment by Hilda Jacobsen
Mar 09, 2008 6:11 AM

Quien puede llamar a tal castigo arte? Es increíble que tales barbaries se permitan y aun mas a un indefenso, no tengo palabras para expresar mi indignación.

Comment by Sergio
Mar 09, 2008 3:00 PM

Guillermo Habacuc Vargas should be tied in his stupid event… I would hope he has the balls to present himself tortured as “art”. What an asshole!

Comment by Renee Edge
Mar 10, 2008 3:35 AM

very sad…

Comment by veronica
Mar 10, 2008 12:02 PM

Incredible that this is allowed and considered “ART”. Needs to be stopped.

Comment by PF
Mar 10, 2008 1:13 PM

I think a contract on the artist’s head would just be perfect…

Comment by silje
Mar 10, 2008 1:15 PM

I feel sick now, after reading this.

Comment by Brianna
Mar 10, 2008 3:18 PM

it’s terrible, i agree. but too often we get caught up in single instances and we don’t look at the big picture.

i volunteered in Costa Rica in the recent past and the truth is that there are many animals living like this… not necessarily being tied up and left to starve, but for a sheltered american like myself, it was astounding to experience the vast number of stray and starving dogs in the streets. unless you’ve been there, you have no idea how heartbreaking it is to be followed around by a mangy, scrawny dog that simply stares up at you with a sad look in its eyes. there is no established humane society or similar organization to help this situation.

and that’s only the animal population.

people there are living in extreme states of poverty while we sit comfortably in desk chairs in our air-conditioned offices, enjoying our ability to read. don’t pretend it’s not happening. i’ve seen it with my own eyes.

all i beg of you is this: don’t get caught up in the seemingly single most prominent issue. look past it to find the source of this tragedy, and do something to fix it.

what if we helped places costa rica to establish a humane society that would benefit both the animals and the people who could find employment there?

if this is your passion, i invite you to share it here:

my hope is that through spreading awareness, we can sincerely bring about some serious change.

Comment by bastard
Mar 10, 2008 9:26 PM

you are a son of a bitch, you will die like this poor dog, in your own exhibition…

Comment by Madame Medusa
Mar 11, 2008 4:51 AM

How could anybody stand by and let this happen? The people who allowed it are as guilty as this charlatan who calls himself an artist. I hope he dies a horrible death himself, and the sooner the better.

Comment by ophelia
Mar 11, 2008 10:09 AM

If this artist was so worried about the amount of stray sick animals on the streets, why can’t he do something positive about it, take an active more caring approach to helping out these animals that need it, start getting others involved to HELP the animals that need it. But to make a point by taking a poor sick dog and letting it die like that is abuse, murder, torture. This is such bullshit. This artist needs to be chained up and starved, in his own exhibition.

Comment by gabriela
Mar 11, 2008 12:03 PM

i absolutely agree with ophelia and madame medussa: he is a bastard and he should be put in the same situation in which he put that poor animal. …he should be in jail, in solitary, in the dark, chained to the wall sitting in his own feces. … i don’t approve of the death penalty, but when i see or hear about this kind of torture and sickness, i certainly would love to have this bastard called guillermo whatever get the same treatment he dispensed.

Comment by Elvia
Mar 11, 2008 6:44 PM

The museum curator that allowed this atrocity should be fired and the museum should be closed. This sick individual needs psychiatric help as well as be tied to starve. Many more people need to be outraged and speak out!! There is strength in numbers!

Comment by Alejandra
Mar 11, 2008 7:31 PM

Guillermo: Estas lleno de odio y desamor. Sos la peor victima de esta historia , porque ese animal esta durmiendo acurrucado en los pies de Dios. En cambio vos te condenaste al peor infierno y pronto pagaras por tu crueldad. Cristo regresa pronto y a e
El vas a tener que responder.

Comment by Miguel
Mar 12, 2008 1:14 AM

He just shows the hypocrisy that rules in the heart of this culture. I bet there are thousand of strayed, hungry and abused dogs in Nicaragua and nobody does anything for them, as in the exhibition itself nobody fed the dog, or tried to free it or asked for it to be fed or released. I think it is a shock tactic, and a bold one too, directing to himself the hatred of the big public, as I can see clearly in these comments. Well guys, look around you, if you are so shocked with this ‘art’ take a look at the world you live in and you will find things a million times more unfair,shocking and worthy of making you disgusted and undignified, so stop moaning about this poor dog and maybe try to do something to make the world a better place. And hey, to some of you that put all those violent comments, I bet you eat cows and pigs too… now they are normally tortured during their life into their death and we eat them with blind eyes…

Comment by Andrés Furcas
Mar 12, 2008 1:30 PM

Le deberían hacer lo mismo al pseudo-artista asesino ese… Pero lo que resulta más increíble es que la galería haya permitido semejante atrocidad, y más aún, que ninguno de los visitantes del museo haya hecho algo para salvar al animal.

Comment by skat_man_3000
Mar 12, 2008 1:46 PM

Although unlike Guillermo they should not fear for their personal safety, those that stand by casually with their hands in pockets are as guilty as the “artist”.

Comment by Sigrid
Mar 13, 2008 10:22 AM

This so-called artist should have the same fate, so the people who attended the exhibiton and did nothing about it.
It’s terrible the negligence of our countries towards abandoned animals. They don’t care, nobody does. The government should get involved, so the community. It is unbelievable that this poor animal died tied up sourranded by heartless people.
Hey Guillermo, I curse you to the same fate, I curse you to be as miserable as this dog was, I curse you to be poor, unloved and abandoned. I curse you to have a long unhappy and miserable life. Amen.

Comment by Greg Moore
Mar 13, 2008 1:04 PM

Miguel should be ashamed of himself. His arrogant comments are the equivalent of suggesting that we dramatize the plight of people in Darfur by finding a healthy person, chaining him to a wall and letting him starve to death. Miguel’s claim that the artist was motivated by concern for starving dogs is ludicrous; a compassionate person would not cause suffering to make a point. The exhibit’s obscure message on the wall said, “You are what you eat,” not “Please help the starving dogs of Managua.”

Comment by Greg Moore
Mar 13, 2008 1:05 PM

No excuse

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Comment by Ayla
Mar 15, 2008 4:07 PM

I think it’s a fake. I haven’t found any evidence that this guy is for real.

Comment by Carolina Sharps
Mar 17, 2008 4:00 AM

I cant believe that we are in 2008 and that still goes on. There should be a sentence for people who abuse animal and I think the best one should be to meke them go through the same thing they did to the animal. At the end of the day, everyone says LIFE SHOULD BE FAIR so I think is fair they get the same the give.

Comment by Lola
Mar 17, 2008 11:14 AM

Please do something about this call the police to put him in jail .THIS IS THE WRONG THING TO DO STOP IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT KIND OF PERSON WOULD DO THIS STOP IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mar 17, 2008 12:23 PM


Comment by Fernanda
Mar 17, 2008 1:57 PM

Hi.I’m from montevideo, uruguay.
I can’t believe that! It is horrible. I think that something have to do with it sick person.
He can’t to take the freedom. He is a KILLER

Comment by Hannah
Mar 18, 2008 7:42 AM

Each person that walked past this dog and chose to do nothing is as guilty as Vargas. This is a horrific example of animal abuse and deeply saddens me. To do nothing to reach out to help speaks volumes about the lack of compassion and decency of each and everyone of these people. I hope none of you find yourself in a similiar situation one day, needing the help of someone and find that no one bothers to care.

Comment by paula
Mar 18, 2008 12:12 PM

me parece el colmo como gente tan inhumana puede estar haciendo daño a cualquier animalito inofensivo, y lo peor de todo que sea recompenzado por dicho error, me uno totalmente a la gente que odia y repudia este acto tanto como yo, no podemos dejar que gente como esta si es que se le puede llamar gente a a este individuo, siga comentiendo dicho acto.

Comment by David Stein
Mar 18, 2008 1:28 PM

He only has the right to chain himself to a wall.

Comment by grinningsadist
Mar 19, 2008 6:16 PM

If I ever… EVER… meet this cunt, he’ll be losing some teeth. And if that’s all he loses he should count himself lucky.

Comment by grinningsadist
Mar 19, 2008 6:33 PM

Starving a dog to death for amusement is not art. It’s naked sadism for profit.

If Guillermo Habacuc Vargas is the man responsible for this, he should be subjected to the same procedure in order that he can feel ‘sympathy with his subject’.

I, for one, would be more than happy to patronise *that* exhibition.

Comment by sterrence
Mar 19, 2008 6:37 PM

>I’ve always maintained that any sort of suffering is pointless. Especially when something like this was preventable.

The funny thing is, that’s exactly the point the creator was trying to make.

He created the piece in response to the death of a burglar and the uproar over the man’s death – instead of looking at how people’s lives could be improved, people just preferred to bitch about the poor state of things when it was too late to make a difference for the person in question.

That dog would have died anyway – it was already starving when he brought it in off the street. It didn’t last a day in his studio. Yet, all of this uproar over the dog’s death came because he forced it into the public’s eye. If he hadn’t forced the issue, only the same few people that are already doing service work with animals would know or care that dogs are starving on the streets.

Suffering is pointless, but it’s criminal to let it pass by unnoticed. While I would have preferred that the dog not have died in the process, but the message that there is preventable suffering out there is definitely present in the public sphere now.

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[…] chained dog was Costa Rican artist Guillermo Habacuc Vargas‘ “art installation.” Guillermo paid two kids to catch this dog on the street, had […]

Comment by Jinsei
Mar 19, 2008 7:32 PM

I loled. That was hilarious.

Comment by brad s
Mar 19, 2008 9:10 PM

this dog at least had a chance on the streets… this asshole took away that chance. whoever went inside that gallery and didn’t take that dog away is just as fucking guilty as this sicko so called artist. what the hell is wrong with people today???

Comment by Nathan
Mar 19, 2008 9:28 PM

This is fucking wrong, we should tie him up and put him in an exhibit and see what type of art he thinks it is!

Comment by Lori Clark
Mar 20, 2008 12:42 PM

This cruel asshole is one sick fuck! I hope he dies a horrible death for this! Low life piece of shit! I can’t believe the people there didn’t do anything! I would’ve ripped that motherfuckers eyes out for doing that to that poor dog! May he rot in hell!

Comment by Dog
Mar 20, 2008 9:39 PM

why didn’t anyone free the dog?

Comment by Mary-Frances Ellis
Mar 21, 2008 7:40 AM

People who intentionally inflict cruelty should receive the same inhumane treatment. If the so-called artist wanted to make a point about cruelty to dogs, the carcass of a dog that had died from starvation would have made more of a point. Those heartless people who are in the gallery and do nothing to help this dog, would certainly have objected to the strong odor of a decaying body. They would have walked out in disgust, the same disgust I feel towards this so-called artist and the people who seem to totally ignore the plight of this dog. Where is our humanity anyway!

Comment by Laura
Mar 23, 2008 9:16 AM

Okay if he thinks this kind of thing is acceptable, I vote that he should be tied up and starved. All in the name of art!

Comment by Tatiana
Mar 23, 2008 5:34 PM

you can sign an online peticion against this “artist”, it is easy and fast !!

Mar 23, 2008 11:19 PM

[…] salon where it died." There are some very sad pics at the link, not for the faint of heart: Is This Art? Or Animal Abuse? Animal And Dog Lovers Be Warned

Comment by Rachel
Mar 24, 2008 2:16 AM

where is Edward Furlong when you need him?

Comment by Dominique
Mar 24, 2008 7:10 AM

This is terrible and sick and he should definitely not get away with any of it. At the same time, everyone present is guilty of this cruelty….why didn’t anyone do anything while it was happening?

Comment by me
Mar 24, 2008 11:06 AM

he’s not an artist. he needs to be in a mental ward rather than an art gallery.

Comment by Paloma
Mar 24, 2008 7:43 PM

The same should be done to him…I would attend the exhibition.

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Mar 24, 2008 8:46 PM

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Comment by Dino
Mar 25, 2008 12:12 PM

I hope he never ever comes to Toronto! On second thought, I hope he does…….

Comment by Nikki
Mar 25, 2008 4:07 PM

i don’t get it, surely this guy didn’t just leave a dog tied up to die and someone didn’t punch his lights out and take the dog to safety!! mind you since i’ve been blessed with the internet i have been unlucky enough to see that a lot worse than this goes on out there…some people will laugh at the hurt people like me feel when i see animals or people hurting…i just try to do my best and not hurt anything and i also try my best to not hate humans for being so awful

Comment by Gary Greyhound
Mar 25, 2008 4:14 PM

Please come to philadelphia senor’.I will be waiting

Comment by eve beili
Mar 26, 2008 1:49 PM

i think it is a mistake to adress this to animal lovers.
this is totally unacceptable on every level. how is it tolerated anywhere.

Comment by Catalin
Mar 27, 2008 5:31 AM

i wanna replace his eyes with 2 potatoes. Maybe it looks ok for my art gallery.

Comment by sonia
Mar 27, 2008 10:51 PM

how it possible that people went to see the art gallery (if you can call it a art gallery) and not doing anything…is everybody blind???

Comment by nicolaas de bruin
Mar 28, 2008 1:05 AM

How can this asshole get away with this??? You don’t have to be an animal lover to hate this disregard for life!!
And Nikki (672) is right: who in his right mind let this happen..didn’t we learn anything from the 2nd worldwar and the holocaust>??? Be a leader not a follower! if it doesn’t sound or look right: speak up and take action!!

This “artist” is not an artist but an F’ing loser and I hope he will undergo the same fait as his “art subjects”

What a loser!! How can anybody think this is art…and to all the visitors to the exhibition..I hope your life takes the same turn as the dogs as a visitor could have easily taken care of the situation……LOSERS!!!

Comment by Claudia
Mar 28, 2008 2:16 AM

It never ceases to maze me what all is happening in the world.

Extreme beautiful things and extreme ugly things.

People do a lot in the name of “art”. Me also being an artist would have preferred to take the dog home,bathe him, feed him and give him love – in the name of art ofcourse.

Comment by Cathryn Hrudicka
Mar 28, 2008 2:23 AM

It is so hard to believe an art museum would let something like this happen, or that no people would help the poor dog. It is so hard to believe the cruelty that goes on in this world, to animals and people.

I’m assuming this blog is the petition because I’m not seeing a link to one to sign. If this is the case, consider my signature as being here. This person should not be allowed to have animals for any purpose, and he should be arrested or treated for a psychological disorder before he harms any other animals.

Cathryn Hrudicka, California, USA

Comment by Matt
Mar 28, 2008 4:13 AM

I assume the blame should also be ‘shared’ around anyone AT that exhibition, who, on being told ‘don’t feed the dog’ DIDN’T feed the dog… if someone said, ‘walk into that burning bonfire’ would you?? I also assume (though i am not for one minute advocating this disgraceful excuse for art) that the artist’s point was probably that the dog was tied up on a street corner anywy, where no one bothered to feed it either… the difference being, he has added the ‘curious spectator’ element to it, but puuting it inside to die, rather than leaving it where it was… to inevitably die also… the sick nature and shock for me, is that no one bothered to do anything about it, but just walked on by, then moved on to look at a nice landscape or sculpture!!

Comment by violacolor
Mar 28, 2008 4:58 AM

i think no one consider vergas is an artist.
its a fact that he will be invited to 2008 academy in which perhaps he could let die another animal or.. human ? in order to show us the meaning of life/death.
in spite of petition why academy 2008 has invited him ?

Comment by Leanne
Mar 28, 2008 5:12 AM

Im and so disgusted by this man who calls himself a bloody artist, Im a totally against animal cruelity i think i should tie the bastard up on a chain and leave him to starve and see how he fucking likes it… He should be locked up for life!

Comment by Laine
Mar 28, 2008 7:11 AM

I’ve never been so disgusted in my life. What shocks me more is that the ppl to visited the art gallery didn’t do something about it. I COULDN’T have stood there and taken it. I couldn’t.

Karma’s a bitch. That’s all I have to say. And I hope he gets it back tenfold.

Mar 28, 2008 9:04 AM

Que ne ferait-on pas pour gagner du fric et faire parler de soi quand on a aucun talent, aucun don!
La galerie est aussi responsable que cet individu (surtout pas artiste)et notre société qui sélectionne ce genre pour une manisifestation nationala ou/et internationale.

Comment by trine
Mar 28, 2008 10:20 AM

this artist “art” scares me, but all of you, this artist couldn’t do That he did, if there was anyone to tell him not to do this. the times when picasso and rembrandt painted nice pics is over, the artistS want to shock everybody. by publishing this the artist may get known. I just wonder; who is the buyer for such art, and who is willing to show it in his gallery. For some reason I thought of….Is it his own dog whos starving to death. what was the meaning of this “art”, may the meaning is; animals beeing abused anytime and anywhere!!! We know that, The art doesn’t have to make offers too.
Several times I have seen pics and movies of abused animals, some people may have great fun in abusing these animals for money or pleasure. and some makes money of it??????? Why????? because it sells, some peoples want it, or the results it comes out of it.SCARILY!!!!!!
The art-school may have this kind of learning on the plan??? Is that a possibillity?? For What??
Munch, picasso etc painted abstractly, IS THAT ART A KIND OF ABSTRACTIVE ART TOO??
Where is that art possible to be shown, what people is willing to see that art, And why didn’t anyone do anything to stop it??


Comment by becca f
Mar 28, 2008 12:29 PM

i don’t even know how to begin to describe how absolutely disgusted this ‘work of art’ has made me feel. it made me physically sick. This one man has achieved exactly what he wanted: PUBLICITY . i think everyone who went to the exhibition to gawp at the tortured LIVING creature in front of them should be deeply ashamed that they could simply walk away and carry on their day to day life, without even questioning it!!! how can this be art!? if vergas was ‘MAN’ enough to inflict pain on another living creature, why not be ‘MAN’ enough to torture himself?!!!!

Mar 28, 2008 12:48 PM

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Comment by Scott
Mar 28, 2008 5:51 PM

Maybe we should tie him up and not feed him and see if he really can justify that to be art. The guy is sick and the people who support him are just as sick, I could never show my bro this, he would want to be the one to give this sick guy his medicine.

You know as I write this I realized we are focusing on the negative here and giving it power. We should be educating people about the beauty of our fellow animals not feeding other sick minds with ideas to out do the sicko art freek.

Comment by violacolor
Mar 29, 2008 4:49 AM

i would be glad to know a few opinions of nicarague people about that. they could explain something we dont know or we dont ‘see’ or we cant understand starting from photos … and so on
thank you

Comment by Maria
Mar 29, 2008 5:42 PM

I burn with shame be cause I am a human being, just like Habacuc Vegas and like those spectators! Maybe the following exhibit will be a raped woman or a beaten child – this represent the same pathology (or the same form of ,,art”). This perverse psychopath with big problems is certain a risk for his community, not just a despot for an innocent dog!
I am a physician who loves fine arts and respects the Life and that’s why I can identify a mental disorder and the huge distinction between a work of art and a starved puppy.

Comment by Colette
Mar 29, 2008 8:29 PM

vergas is not an artist but a creature without feelings . He shouldn’t be part of that Biennal Centroamericaine Art 2008.
I even would be ashamed to see the word american associated to this organization.

I am glad I am Canadian

Comment by bucur angela
Mar 30, 2008 12:33 PM

this man is a criminal ,,, he deserves the same treatment
!!! he denies life ‘s values,,, he is not capable to protect life ,,, HE IS A MONSTER !

Comment by nikole s
Mar 30, 2008 12:40 PM

brrr ! I can’t believe my eyes ! is it possible for a man to do such horrible things ? why nobody stopped that ogre?

Comment by violacolor
Mar 31, 2008 1:06 AM

there are so many argas in this world.. BUT
i would be glad to know a few opinions of nicarague people about that.
they could explain something we dont know or we dont ’see’ or we cant understand ..

thank you

Mar 31, 2008 3:01 AM

[…] eventual). Dar, dupa ce am mai cautat pe google, am descoperit ca e chiar adevarat (detalii aici si aici). Se pare ca individul caruia i-as rupe dintii, daca l-as vedea in fata ochilor, sustine ca […]

Mar 31, 2008 6:35 AM

[…] Art and Morals Can anyone do everything in the name of art? Alina is researching this problem. And I think it is a serious one. The “artist” Guillermo Vargas Habacuc starved a dog to death – that was his greatest artwork! Read the news in Romanian here, and in English here and here. […]

Comment by joyce
Mar 31, 2008 8:36 AM

Why didn’t anyone stop this?
Why isn’t he behind bars?

Words can’t describe how upsetting this is.

Comment by ana
Mar 31, 2008 8:36 AM

Why don’t make better art and do the same to this peace of trash, this monster, this man as to pay, are we all crazy leting this things happen!!!????

Comment by Alina
Mar 31, 2008 9:54 AM

If he was left to die like this, for art, what would he say? He would acctually deserve that. He must be psychically ill otherwise I can’t find any explenation for this behave. He should be in prison!

Comment by Maria da Graça Morgado
Mar 31, 2008 11:19 AM

quando o tipo aparecer em PORTUGAL vamos lhe fazer a mesma coisa , mas melhor ainda ata´-lo a um pinheiro e barrá-lo de mel mesmo ao lado de um formigueiro

Mar 31, 2008 7:38 PM

Perhaps he should be water boarded with dog urine
If they let him do it again a group must be mobilized there to show up every day with food and water to redeem the morality of the human race. They didn’t get Christ off the cross but I am sure we can save a Damned dog!

Comment by Nico
Apr 01, 2008 7:17 AM

i would like to see him chained some meters from a outstanding fountain with a beautiful restaurant just infront in a marvellous and full of art square in some historical capital and see what a super artistic death he can live!!!!

Comment by Szalados Arcadie
Apr 01, 2008 7:46 AM

This is not art, this is mindless sadism,i hope someone will get his hands on this so called “artist” !!!!! I wonder why no one did nothing for that dog. Doesn’t Honduras have laws against this kind of abuse?!

Comment by gen
Apr 01, 2008 11:18 AM

The reason the artist did this was to rase awairness of animal cruelty, in perticular the many dogs that rome the streets of Costa Rica, I admit that the way he has gone about it is not very good, letting the animal die is unexcusable, and their is no way he should be alowed to repete the exorcise. But perhaps now people have been made awair, something will be done about all the stray dogs in the world who are ignored on an every day basis. Stop talking about it and take action!

Comment by Marco Carallo
Apr 02, 2008 1:35 AM

I suggest that next time it is this disgusting bastard to be chained and a number of perfectly feeded dogs around him.
I am ready to pay money to see this, and hope the movie goes on the Internet.
Marco Carallo

Comment by james
Apr 02, 2008 7:46 AM

ur all retards, signing this isnt gna change anything, i agree its harsh but theres millions dying around the world, this is 1 dog. . . get over it, and if u think that this petition is gna save another dog haha good luck

Comment by I heard about this.
Apr 02, 2008 10:23 AM

sick son of a .bitch This is not art, and he is a sadistic bastard. No words I use could ever describe how ill I felt when I heard about this.

Comment by Neko
Apr 02, 2008 2:12 PM

This dog would have died on the streets anyways.

Comment by victoria
Apr 02, 2008 3:25 PM

this piece of sh*t is an abuser we have to stop him he said that killing animals is an art THIS IS NOT ART!!!

Comment by aur
Apr 03, 2008 11:24 AM

you are a sadistic criminal and you must be punish and let to die like you done with this dog!

Comment by naxo
Apr 03, 2008 3:38 PM

if thats art why are not him who was killed? i would like it. son of the bitch!

Comment by Antigoni Daifotis
Apr 04, 2008 6:49 AM

These animal abusers should be punished by law.

The punishment should be at the highest possible level.

Comment by Fatima
Apr 04, 2008 7:26 AM

Bloddy disgasting ignorante people, this so called “artist” and all the people that witness this and didn’t do nothing about it and you like to call yourselfs racional ROOT IN HELL

Comment by Cristina
Apr 04, 2008 10:38 AM

This is not art!!! Animals are living beings, just like humans…. I can’t believe this is even bien considered!!!

Comment by carlos
Apr 04, 2008 12:16 PM

Were those in attendance so cold hearted as to not react against the authority of the “artist”, or gallery, and take no action against either? If so, these are the very intellectuals and history gazers that lead to genocides and crimes against humanity. Are people so engrained in a classism that they would find suffering, even of a poor street dog (i.e. marginalized member of human society), to be amusing? Is art just another way of masking the aggression of some power elite?

Vargas is from Costa Rica, which hasn’t had a war since the end of WWII and has enjoyed unparalleled 60 years of continuous democratic rule and by far the highest GDP in the region. However, anyone who has lived through any of Latin America’s turbulent history knows that the weakest members of society are made the first targets for the political and economic elite. Torture is a painful memory and all too real possibility. Vargas’ deception has verisimilitude to the kind of mental sickness and abuse of power going on right now around the World. When the chime strikes eleven, who becomes angry? Who becomes revolutionary?

In almost any country the combination of too few resources, public denial, and social violence in general makes street dogs a fact of life. In the U.S., where coddling pets is normal, is it any cleaner to euthanize neglected and unwanted animals? I am outraged if the installation is as described in total. I am outraged, if in fact the installation is an illusion, a hoax. If there is any morale to this story, it comes as a warning not to be caught alone being a starving dog, ever, artist or not. For now, I’ll quietly hold on to my outrage until I must take some decisive action about what’s right in front of me. I might just get away with calling it art.

Comment by tracy
Apr 04, 2008 2:09 PM

what has our society come to when a living, breathing i only want to be loved and make you happy, creature is tortured like this? I’m so sick of people hurting harming and disrespecting all that is good in this world! Why do you think there is so much of this disgusting behavior out there! I’m a firm believer that “what comes around goes around” that this sick son of a bitch will get his and so will all those idiots who stood by and watched this!

Comment by Cathy
Apr 05, 2008 12:48 AM

Here’s another link about Animal Abuse….

I don’t care if he (the artist) was abused as a child…. (most people who abuse animals were sexually abused when they were children)… I’m just as astonished by the “spectators” who stood by and did nothing… I would have risked going to jail trying to save the dog, than to just stand by and do nothing.

Comment by ERRL
Apr 05, 2008 8:49 AM

I wonder why we are going through so much now, mothers killing their own children, fathers abusing their own daughters, priest not respecting children, and people so cruel to the animals, like this bastard so called artist. I am a believer we pay and will answer for everything act of cruelty or goodness we do, and I hope he will be severely punished for this one, I also believe the ones who watched also have a big responsability in this horrible act of cruelty.God help them when the time comes and I hope they will die slowly and in pain too.

Comment by Crazy people
Apr 05, 2008 3:14 PM

Costa Rica should be punished for this.

Comment by D.W. Edwards
Apr 05, 2008 10:18 PM

Just passed the details of this to my national branch of IFAW. Hopefully this will be circulated internationally as a result, and this individual will receive a fair amount of unwelcome press resulting therefrom.

Comment by carp
Apr 06, 2008 4:55 AM

I think that this so called pseudo artist should be tied up and left to die in a gallery….


Comment by carp
Apr 06, 2008 5:01 AM

This is cruelty plain and simple….beyond the debate of what “art” actually is. This person should be imprisoned and banned from ever displaying “art” anywhere globally.

Comment by JC
Apr 06, 2008 5:07 PM

I think this guy is sick! Someone should tie him up, no, put him in a glass box, so that he can’t stand up. Then heat up the room that he’s in and have a waterfall going in the corner. And if the bastard doesn’t die in a day, then gut him from head to toe. That shit isn’t art it’s the work of a disgusting piece of shit, devil, who deserves to burn in hell for that.

Comment by Delfuego
Apr 06, 2008 5:20 PM

you WILL die for your art, happy?

Comment by erin
Apr 07, 2008 12:40 AM

It will never cease to amaze me how people can be so easily fooled into believing what is considered “art”. I am still not sure which makes me more sick…..the “artist” who did this, or the people standing around the “art” obviously insensitive to this atrocity.

Comment by Kris Petersen
Apr 07, 2008 3:35 AM

Before expressing outrage, why not do a quick internet search and get the facts?

Although the artist would not say whether or not the dog died, the curator of the museum insisted that the dog “was untied all the time except for the three hours the exhibition lasted and it was fed regularly with dog food Habacuc himself brought in.”

Read it here:,,2269320,00.html

Comment by Jenny F
Apr 07, 2008 5:06 AM

My question is, is there anyone doing anything about this? I wrote to PETA about it and they said their animal cruelty investigators were looking into it, but that isnt good enough. I am appalled. Signing the petition would only stop this son of a bitch from doing it again. I think this bastard deserves to go to jail. If anyone has any information about possible ways to put this guy behind bars please post.

Comment by Greenzli
Apr 07, 2008 6:06 AM

If this is art then we should do the same with him, in the name of the art!

Comment by Garcia
Apr 07, 2008 9:31 AM

Dear Mr.Stupid Guilhermo Varg ass,no better name to call him,who the hell told he was an artist?
Since when leaving a dog dieing isnt a crime like he did it?
The persons that call him an artist, should be left to die next by Mr.Stupid Guilhermo Varg ass.
He should drop dead on a toilet, cause he deserves no better.

Comment by Anna
Apr 07, 2008 1:12 PM

This piece of shit came public with some stupid ass excuses saying that “the dog was going to die anyways on the street and that all of us who are signing petitions against his work are hypocrites because we only do something about it when it becomes public.” BULLSHIT!!!!
There are a whole lot of people doing a whole lot out there to stop animal cruelty! We don’t need a stupid person who calls himself an artist exploiting animals like this! And the name of the piece was written on the wall with dog food! And he could not feed him???

Just let him come to Europe and his brains will fly just like Kennedy’s…..
Or maybe i’ll just tie him up in a corner and let him starve…… Actually; better idea! We’ll just chop him off and feed starving dogs!

People like him makes me crawl under my skin and i just feel a huge rage….

Comment by Conny
Apr 07, 2008 3:36 PM

This person if he could be called person, is more “animal” than that poor dog he killed, Every animal deserve to be treat with respect, but anyway in time, he will have what he deserves too…and Hell is waiting for him.

Comment by Doreen
Apr 07, 2008 4:20 PM

I have never been so disgusted in my life.
What goes around comes around, four fold.
He deserves what he’s going to get.

Comment by Brandon
Apr 07, 2008 8:59 PM

I see all these outraged comments about how atrocious the actions of this artist were. It is good to see how many people realize that animal cruelty and neglect are wrong. Still, I must ponder the message of this “art”.

It is interesting that when a dog is starved publically, how many people become both concerned and outraged at the inhumane and cruel treatment of a non-human animal, but what about the billions of land animals tortured and slaughtered by the meat and dairy industries. Surely, if you believe it wrong to starve a dog to death, you must believe it wrong to deprive cattle, pigs, and chickens of any natural rights such as sunlight and compassion before they are brutally slaughtered.

If you are affected by the content of this man’s art; if it hurt and upset you to see this animal have to suffer, then do not let that animal’s death be in vain. Reflect upon the current animal and environmental situations that are a direct cause of our meat eating industry. For starters, refer to

Comment by karen Urroz
Apr 08, 2008 7:06 PM

What you do is horrible and you are repulsing! This is not art, what you do, is show your rotten mind. Starve your self not another being. That is, assuming you are a being. I wish i had you enfront of me to spit your face! and if you do not speak english, here is in spanish:!

lo que haces es horrible y tu eres repugnante! esto no es arte, lo que haces es mostrar lo podrida que tienes la mente. Dejate morir a TI de hambre, no a otro ser. Quisiera tenerte enfrente de mi para escupirte la cara! Me das ASCOOOOOOOOOO!!

Comment by Kathy
Apr 08, 2008 10:53 PM

This is the most disgusting thing i have ever seen. Fortunately, people like Vargas, eventually get whats coming to them and vargas will get his….and when he does the pooch will be watching…

Vargas, there is justice in the next life (and probably in this one too) and you will get yours!!!!

Comment by Maxwell
Apr 09, 2008 8:32 AM

While I agree that starving an animal to death is not a normal medium, this is the epitome of ‘art’ in the 21st century. This exhibit forced the audience, both present and relayed, to react strongly. It presents a very real issue that most don’t ever consider. It creates a dialogue on many levels from morality, poverty, abandonment, voyeurism and art itself. This exhibit to me reflects a greater good scenario, by this one dog dying publicly, it may save hundreds if not thousands of dogs due to the opinion/scrutiny of the work. I can see how most can be outraged at his actions, but art is not just bright colors on canvas, its real—living and dying.

Comment by Yiota
Apr 09, 2008 10:32 AM

This is absolutely ridiculous, I personally think that this sight, not only is not art by no means of imagination, but I think it is deeply insulting to any kind of life on the planet. What I would suggest is that WE strap the so-called artist by his balls leave him in a gallery to die of starvation, thirst and extreme pain so that WE COULD AS WELL BE MAKING A POINT. Oh and something else, maybe if we were to do the above we would be aknwoledged by our countries as artists of a great callibre and be sent to represent our fellow countrymen. This is absolutely disgusting.

Comment by anya
Apr 09, 2008 12:03 PM

How could humans even question if this is Art or Abuse?!!!
If it was a fellow brother tied, then this so called artist would be locked up.
How could you sit and even debate about this incident? People reacting strongly? b……*! and then we wonder why the world is falling apart in all corners of the earth, war, rape, abuse, madness, sadness and all the nice demons our brothers have created!
I want to say to this fellow man who thought of this, that no matter, how or why you decided to do this, you have just helped and been an apprentice to everything bad that humans and their ego stand for, and I honestly hope that you thought about your family while doing this, because, that exhibit could be one of your own!
How would you consider that for Art man???!!!
In this world we make our choices, and we also pay the consequences of our actions, because what goes around comes around and the universe always has the last say! I feel sorry for you man, because you have never known and will never know true Love, Unconditional Love, and the closest that you could have ever come to it was through the eyes of that poor soul of a dog, and you let it die, making a spectacle of suffering of one of god’s and mother earths creations, proving to everyone who knows the truth, of how dangerous the human race has become, and if you think that it’s good to show people, man it’s just yourself who needs to realize and needs to open his eyes!
I feel even more sad, for the people, who didn’t stand up to help and just watched. What a world our kids are going to grow into. I’m scared for all the wrong we have done for them.
Shame for all|!!!

Comment by chaz
Apr 09, 2008 8:09 PM

There are worse things going on in the world. The price of the computer in front of you could feed a starving family for years. It is good that his art has inspired such outrage. Let that outrage send the money for your next meal, or coffee, or pair of pants, to someone who really needs it. In this global economy, the other side of the world becomes our neighborhood, and as Vargas starved that dog, so do we starve our neighbors. What he does directly, we all do indirectly.

Comment by Douglas G. Holloway
Apr 10, 2008 6:03 AM

The people who did this should be arrested, put in jail and then placed on bread and water for a while. Cruelty to animals is NOT art it is the work of a deranged mind that needs to learn a lesson.

Comment by cris
Apr 10, 2008 6:40 AM

this is sick and disgusting…so, as some people think,the “artist”(animal abuser)wanted to make a point, catching peoples attention to all the other problems in the world…as if killing an innocent dog would make things better,according to these people maybe he should kill a poor child to make people think about all the hungry in the world and send his message, right? He is a sick an cruel bastard and so is anyone who calls his despicable act “art”, get real!!!!

Comment by Marvelin Salinas
Apr 10, 2008 8:30 AM

This is the most painful madness I have ever seen in the lately times.
This man is the most stupid man and deserves to be treated like he treated that poor and inocent dog. and Karma will make him pay twice and more for what he is doing. I really don’t think this life will be enough to make him pay. I hope someone put a stop to this stupidity and cruelty, but what about the rest of the people on the art gallery, If I were there I would helped the dog and would sent this man to prison or madhouse with no food at all.

Comment by Adam
Apr 10, 2008 9:19 AM

Certainly not art. Domestic animals put complete trust in humans, and to abuse them like this is beyond sickening. Any question of whether or not this is art is ridiculous. This is sickening.

Comment by Adam
Apr 10, 2008 9:23 AM

“There are worse things going on in the world”

Actually, no there aren’t. What exactly is worse than apathy towards a helpless and dying being? The abuse of trust and apathy displayed here is sickening, and by no means does the end justify these means. This is murder in a most cruel form.

Comment by Rob Brown
Apr 10, 2008 10:32 AM

The artist (yeh ok is that what he calls himself) should be given the opportunity to suffer the same fate as the dog. Publically, that would draw a bigger crowd. Put my name down for that one.

Comment by Scholliers Louis 
Apr 10, 2008 1:38 PM

Werd er al een klacht ingediend tegen deze onbenul? Het
kan niet dat deze nog op vrije voeten rondloopt!!!
En wat met de inrichters van de tentoonstelling en de toeschouwers? Idem voor wat de inrichting van andere gevechten tussen dieren om de onmens te plezieren.
Ik werd gewoon niet goed bij het zien van deze gruwel.

Het is duidelijk dat er nog een serieus aantal creaturen rondloopt op onze wereldbol die men gewoon kan katalogeren
onder de noemer: STRONT.

Comment by Heather Reynolds
Apr 10, 2008 2:22 PM

This is grossly inhumane, it is disgusting that nobody at the show found this cruel. I am ashamed of the people who were there to witness this.

Comment by Elios Jorisi
Apr 10, 2008 4:19 PM

I blame Marcel Duchamp. Ultimately the blood is on his hands.

Comment by stam
Apr 10, 2008 5:04 PM

this man cannot be called a human. his actions only a monster can show. i am really sory of him and ashame as well. i wish him to pay for what he did. these people some times deserve the same end as the animals have..if he wishes to show an art again with him being in the dog’s position..i would go to see him with pleasure. i know i speak very hard but i feel realy sad for that poor’s dog death.nobody deservers this death.especially an inocent and harmless animal.

Comment by stam
Apr 10, 2008 5:07 PM

you cant send a good message to other people by doing a bad action…you can send a message of life by killing…

Comment by Zach
Apr 10, 2008 5:56 PM

“There are worse things going on in the world”

Actually, no there aren’t. What exactly is worse than apathy towards a helpless and dying being? The abuse of trust and apathy displayed here is sickening, and by no means does the end justify these means. This is murder in a most cruel form.”

Am I the only one who sees the irony in this statement? This person very clearly stated the artist’s point. You’re right, there IS nothing worse than total apathy toward the suffering. And yet, how many people tried to help that dog before he got it? None. Know why? Because no one cared about its existence until Vargas displayed its suffering.

The same applies to the homeless in America. How many people live wondering if they’ll starve to death tomorrow? And how many people try to help these people? Before criticizing Vargas, take a moment to think about your own actions.

Why does it take something drastic like this for people to start acting compassionate?

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Apr 10, 2008 11:05 PM


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Comment by Chrismari
Apr 11, 2008 5:30 AM

This man is a cruel evil, emotionless piece of S@#t! He should be tied up in a gallery, without food or water and hopefully he suffers a very, very, very long time before he eventually dies.

For entertainment the gallery could place a glass of water just out of reach, you know, just to see the agony on his face for extra “artistical effect”….

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Comment by robin j
Apr 11, 2008 8:07 AM

is this bloke off his nut i think he might just be ,it is disgusting that he was allowed to parade this poor dying animal for others to veiw it is disturbing to think he is allowed to roam the streets on his own and pick up an animal , regarless of weather it is a stray its a living being if it was a person good god there would be uproar

Comment by Terri
Apr 11, 2008 8:41 AM

I do not understand when people say that animals starving in the streets are ignored. If you are able to help you help. I know of many people myself included who spend hours trying to get stray animals to a safe place.

Also since when did being an artist mean you could perform social experimentation. Isn’t that what we have scientists for? Although I can only hope that no reputable scientist would condone this type of experimentation.

About animals killed for food that is an entirely different situation and even then while the animal lives it should be kept humanely.

This dog died a miserable unnecessary death simply so someone could make a point. Anyone arguing on the side of the artist has clearly become so desensitized to pain & suffering that it breaks my heart. And really makes me question where the human race is going.

Shame on anyone who thinks there was nothing wrong with this.

Comment by Brian B.
Apr 11, 2008 10:55 AM

This is very bad public relations internationally. Why would I go to this country when it condones this cruelty??
I guess the next art exhibit is to attach a human in similiar conditions….Lets start with THE ARTIST.. as a punishment for this crime. How can society allow such unacceptable behavior??? What has happened to common sense and decency?? This is unacceptable to me, under any circumstances…the WILFUL TORTURE OF ANIMALS DISPLAYED IN PUBLIC!!! really…

Comment by joe
Apr 11, 2008 11:38 AM

What this guy did is blameworthy. But we are all just as guilty as him. Although none of us have probably tied a dog to a pole and left it to starve, human apathy has just as sure caused more horrible events than this to occur. For everyone quick to condemn the “artist,” take a moment to reflect first. How much of your action (or inaction) has caused misery? Upon the realization, thank the “artist” for bringing it to the forefront of your mind.

Comment by Brent Reschke
Apr 11, 2008 12:04 PM

atleast feed the dog.

Comment by Alderiva B. Negri
Apr 11, 2008 4:18 PM

This “artist” is an idiot, as well as people who watch this horrible scene on exhibition and do nothing in order to avoid it. I would like to do the same “experience of art” using this guy (Guillermo Habacuc Vargas) as guinea-pig.