Lonely Planet Writer

Bad hotel art will adorn new walls after Super 8 gives away pieces to celebrate its redesign

The art found on the walls of chain hotels is generally not something many people would want to see at home – but one company decided to say a tongue-in-cheek goodbye to its collection by handing out its old artwork for free.

A photo posted by @super8hotels on May 4, 2016 at 1:46pm PDT

Super 8, a budget hotel chain in North America, is undergoing a redesign that includes getting rid of the old wall “art” in favour of something a little more palatable.

Last week, the company hosted ‘When the Art Comes Down: Works from the Super 8 Collection’, an exhibit in New York in which almost 100 pieces of what the company describes as “eclectic” artworks were free for the taking. The event was hosted by comedian Amy Sedaris, who authenticated the pieces for their new owners, marking them as real pieces of Super 8 history.

A photo posted by @super8hotels on May 3, 2016 at 5:13pm PDT

With the hotel brand’s abandonment of paintings of boring landscapes and vases of flowers, the company says it is redesigning its rooms to include “soothing color palettes, sleek finishings and bedding, modern amenities and new, hyper local artwork” that will emit a “contemporary, postcard-feel while featuring black and white photography of iconic landmarks and landscapes distinct to each hotel’s locality”. The company intends to roll out its new look across the US and Canada by the end of 2016.