A woman in Los Angeles reportedly destroyed $200,000 worth of art after triggering a domino effect while taking a selfie.
Security footage from the 14th Factory gallery in Lincoln Heights shows the woman crouching down to take a selfie and then falling backwards and knocking over the display pillar behind her which triggered a domino effect.
YouTube user Party Pooper posted the video online saying: “This took place at my mate Simon Birch’s art installation The 14th Factory in Los Angeles, when a lady tried to crouch down and pose in front of a pillar holding a sculpture to take a picture. She accidentally leant on it and the rest is history… $200,000 worth of art destroyed!”
The artist’s friend continued saying: “The room contains 60 crown-formed sculptures and is titled ‘Hypercaine’. The rest of The 14th Factory is one of its kind…Go visit before it closes end of July (or before a few more pieces break).”
Gloria Yu, another artist whose work was shown at the exhibition, told art site Hyperallergic that three sculptures are damaged beyond repair due to the incident and the total damages are estimated to be $200,000.
Some, however, are questioning whether this incident was a stunt to get more publicity for the artist or gallery. Carolina A. Miranda of the LA Times called the incident a “series of wondrous, over-the-top sets for the perfect selfie.
Do you think this was really an accident or was it staged?
Watch the video below and let us know in the comments.
[Featured Image Credit: YouTube- Party Pooper]