Turd war: someone in Brooklyn is painting all the dog poop gold

Art is full of mystery. We're often left staring at an abstract painting wondering just what the artist was thinking, but that's usually...

Art is full of mystery. We're often left staring at an abstract painting wondering just what the artist was thinking, but that's usually the point. If you don't like it, you'll probably be told that you just don't "get it." So what happens when the art is shit? No, literally shit.

For the last few months, Brooklyn residents have been noticing gold littered through the streets. Gold dog turds, that is. Numerous images that show the glittering work of a mysterious street artist who's chosen a pretty weird canvas for his work have been popping up on social media this week.

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"There's a genius on my block who is bedazzling every single dog turd with gold glitter," wrote Instagram user still._.dixon

As if that wasn't weird enough, the golden dog logs are apparrently part of a street artist turf war. Shortly after the images of the twinkling turds hit the 'net, another street artist by the name Gold Poo NYC began to pop up to defend his throne.

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"I was surprised at first," Gold Poo told Huff Post. "Seeing how I have been doing this for just under a year straight and have gotten little to no attention."

Gold Poo NYC checks out too, with an instagram account full of poop art that dates nine months back.

"I thought maybe it was me and [Dixon] just thought it was glitter, but after seeing the day it was posted and location, I knew it was someone else. So I figured if [websites] want to write about gold poo, I may as well reach out."

This isn't the first time that dog poop has found itself a subject in the art world. Chicago's infamous "Shit Fountain" was created as a protest against the amount of scattered turds in the city and the selfish pet owners who refuse to clean them up. 


The bronzed coil sits proudly atop a marble pillar on Augusta Boulevard, just daring all shitty dog walkers to leave behind a dog pile. Water ripples from the top of the statue as a subtle war cry, telling all four-legged passers-by to keep on walking.

While Shit Fountain makes a pretty obvious statement, Gold Poo NYC is aiming to spread a different message, one that's more in line the old adage "not all that glitters is gold."

"People are insanely superficial and really attracted to shiny things," he told Huffington Post. "And nine times outta 10, it's all shit underneath anyways."

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