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Woman Singlehandedly Wrecks $200K Worth Of Art In One Fell Selfie-Taking Swoop
By Yoon Sann Wong, 17 Jul 2017
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When you have an exhibition perfect for the Instagram age, there’s bound to be undesirable incidents occurring, lest you ensure strict limits to secure the safety of the artworks.
Unfortunately for ‘Hypercaine’—an installation by Hong Kong-based artist Simon Birch, Gabriel Chan, Jacob Blitzer, and Gloria Yu that features crown-like sculptures atop pedestals—there was no stopping the destruction that ensued after a woman lost her balance while attempting to capture a selfie with the exhibit.
The incident, which occurred earlier this month at pop-up space 14th Factory in LA, saw a row of pedestals toppling over in domino effect due to the woman’s misstep. While some of the crown-like sculptures have been made of wood, nylon, and scrap metal, other pieces were crafted from more precious materials including gold, silver, and marble.
Yu told Hyperallergic, “Three sculptures were permanently damaged and others to varying degrees… The approximate cost of damage is $200,000.”
Watch the defining moment in ‘Selfie Domino’ below.
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[via Hyperallergic, video via Party Pooper]
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