An Icelandic art student enrolled at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto was suspended after leaving a phony bomb, allegedly an art project, at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) last Wednesday night.
According to the Globe and Mail, Thórarinn Ingi Jónsson was suspended for non-academic mischief and two faculty members were also suspended with pay.
Jónsson told Fréttabladid on Friday that the fake bomb, along with a fake video showing the ROM blowing up which he posted on YouTube, was part of his final video class project.
Jónsson said he consulted the OCAD’s lawyer before undertaking the project and was under the impression that it was legal as long as he made it clear that the bomb was not real. He left a note with his artwork saying “This is not a bomb.”
After a security guard discovered Jónsson’s fake bomb, the ROM was evacuated and a CAD 600-a-plate charity dinner (ISK 36,800, USD 589, EUR 409) for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research scheduled for that evening had to be cancelled. The dinner will likely be rescheduled for January.
“It would appear […] that it was, in my opinion, a misguided art project,” Detective Constable Hector MacDonald told the Globe and Mail.
Jónsson has been charged with common nuisance and mischief interfering with property. According to Morgunbladid, his case will go to trial tomorrow.
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