Seven year unfinished art project stolen in Los Baños, California

Seven year unfinished art project stolen in Los Baños, California

An art thief is holding more than 250 paintings and drawings of dead trees. They were stolen Friday night out of truck parked at a hotel in Los Baños. Artist Máximo González has spent the past seven years working on his tree project.
His biggest fear now is the thief will pitch all seven boxes of art work in a dumpster or on the side of the road. González is hurt and hopes his stolen paintings and drawings will be recovered.
The 268 paintings and drawings are part of his ecological art project. “Its goal is to create consciousness about the devastation that is being done of our woods, of our nature, of our environment.”                                                                         González was planning to display his project at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.
He says the paintings and drawings have little value if they are separated. This past weekend the art community reached out in Los Baños. Members searched for art in dumpsters. They also put out an alert at area churches.
González hopes the thief has a conscience. “We hope this person who don’t know about art, who don’t know about these paintings, please put these paintings somewhere where we can find them.”
The Los Baños Police Department is investigating the stolen artwork. If you have any information on the case call 209-827-7070 Ext. 0