Sculptures were “permanently damaged” from the incident.
While attempting to capture the “perfect” selfie, a woman ended up causing $200,000 worth of damage to sculptures in the 14th Factory museum in Los Angeles, California. The incident, which occurred a few weeks ago, resulted in three sculptures being “permanently damaged.”
The whole ordeal was captured on security cameras and is absolutely cringe-worthy. In the clip, the woman can be seen crouching in front of a row of sculptures placed on pedestals, likely attempting to take a selfie. Unfortunately, she then lost her balance and knocked the pedestal directly behind her over. This, in turn, creatures a domino effect and caused at least 10 other sculptures to topple over.
According to Mashable, the gallery is described as a “monumental, multiple-media, socially engaged art and documentary experience conceived by the Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch.” This, however, was not the type of social engagement the museum was seeking.
“Hypercaine” consists of a series of crowns which were created with different mediums. 14th Factory issued the following description of the gallery which is open until the end of the month:
“Inside a serene space, singular objects rest on plinths: these are crowns, or at least some semblance of what a crown might be, presented as precious trophies or boons. Some are classic in form, intricately crafted while others are very simple in design, as though rendered from a child’s drawing. Others have more elaborate forms: alien, hybrid, they are at times even contorted into inhibiting devices, somewhere between a crown and a mask. Some are fashioned of precious materials like gold or silver, some of marble; others of more humble material like wood, nylon, scrap metal, or dried herbs and flowers. These are variously imagined forms of the goods of desire that we journeyers hope to gain, the boon that awaits us when we have come through the battle. Flanking the crown room is a small, intimate space, inhabited by a collection of actual meteorite stones, modest in appearance but holding within them the secrets of the universe.”
Watch the footage below:
This isn’t the first time humans have damaged property — or even harmed wildlife — to capture a selfie. When will enough be enough? Please comment your thoughts below and share this news!