THEY came in the dark of night when nobody was looking and left artworks to surprise and delight the people of Orange.
On Wednesday morning library staff noticed a small metal-looking box outside their doors and discovered they have been on the receiving end of a guerilla artist.
Also known as street art, anonymous artists leave their works in public places to share their opinions with a large audience.
Orange City Library’s Peter Douglass said he was not sure what to make of the art when he first saw it.
“The first thing I thought was, there’s something near the door,” he said.
“I touched it with my foot and it didn’t move so I picked it up.”
Mr Douglass’ discovery of a squashed metal tin with the word “metaphor” on it was the first of three guerilla artworks found in Orange since Wednesday morning.
The next one, a plaster mobile phone, with the words “But...is it art?” was also found near the library entrance.
Later, a concrete pigeon with the word “nothingness” was discovered outside the post office.
Orange Regional Gallery collections manger Bradley Hammond said the works were very similar to those of Sydney guerilla artist Will Coles.
Mr Coles is well-known in Sydney for leaving ubiquitous concrete television sets and remote controls around the streets.
“It’s lovely to see artists engage with the gallery and library this way,” Mr Hammond said.
“[It’s] an intervention into everyday life ... it makes you look again at the space you’re in.”