Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

Woman posing for a photo knocks over art installation worth $200000

CCTV footage shows tourists carefully perusing a room decorated with dozens of rectangular pillars at renowned artist Simon Birch's exhibit at The 14th Factory Woman posing for a photo knocks over art installation worth $200000
Christy Curtis | 15 July, 2017, 00:14

The 14th Factory exhibition features Birch collaborating with 16 interdisciplinary artists from China, aiming to leave the audience in awe of their ever-changing immersive environment of 14 interlinked spaces comprised of video, installation, sculpture, paintings and performance. The Hypercaine exhibit is one of 14 rooms of the show that was six-years in the making and was originally planned to take place in Hong Kong, before moving to LA.

According to Mashable, the unidentified woman was at the gallery to partake the "Hypercaine" exhibit, which showcases crowns created in a variety of mediums.

As you can see from the Live Leak video, a woman appears to squat down near one of the pillars, which holds the statue on top of it, Mashable notes. When she crouches down, she suddenly knocks one over and causes a domino effect. The damage amounted to around $200,000.

A YouTube user claiming to be a friend of Birch uploaded a video that shows someone attempting to take a selfie and instead knocking over an entire column of crowns.

The gallery did not say whether the damage was covered by insurance. Go visit before it closes end of July (or before a few more pieces break). Others have more elaborate forms: alien, hybrid, they are at times even contorted into inhibiting devices, somewhere between a crown and a mask.

It was labelled by the Los Angeles Times as being a "series of wondrous, over-the-top sets for the ideal selfie".

The blog linked to its past coverage of other incidents where people taking selfies in museums have destroyed art - and there have been several - and reminded its readers, "DON'T TOUCH THE ART!"

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