Nowadays people are risking their lives just to take a perfect shot which has somehow become a weird obsession for everyone. Due to which the rising selfie fever is beyond imagine. We come across news which states that man died while taking the selfie or capturing live video. But recently, a woman in 14th Factory exhibition space in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles destroyed $200,000 artwork to master a perfect selfie. The lady bends down to take the picture, and an entire row of the Hypercaine exhibition which was made by the Hong Kong-based artist Simon Birch was damaged. The series of international collaborators fell, and the lady destroyed $200,000 worth artworks.
The video of the entire incident shows that the structures were made of precious metals, marble, wood, nylon and scrap metal. Gloria Yu, one of the artists who were part of the exhibition said that “Three sculptures were permanently damaged and others to varying degrees. The approximate cost of damage is $200,000.” The CCTV footage captured the entire video which took place on Thursday and is going viral on social media. In the video, the lady is seen kneeling in front of a row of sculptures which displayed pedestals and was trying to take a perfect selfie. Suddenly, the woman lost her balance and fell on the sculpture which caused the domino effect.
Watch the viral video here.
According to The 14th Factory, a statement was released by Simon Birch who is the founder and artist behind The 14th Factory said, “The girl came in with her friend and, although we told everyone to be careful, the staff was in conversation with someone at the time and was not paying full attention … As a non-profit, we don’t have the budget for lots of staff or security.” He further added saying, “She was horrified and super upset and we took down her details but decided not to take action as it was clearly an accident and she’s a student.”
Simon said that during the incident no was hurt, “There were sixteen (crowns) on that row, some 3D printed in nylon or gold plated brass, some a mix of both, and some in other materials such as granite and marble,” Birch’s statement explained. “Although it was an unfortunate event, we are grateful for the unexpected exposure and wish to direct the attention to what is important — the art in the space and the artists behind them,” Birch’s statement said.
Inside a serene space, singular objects rest on plinths: these are crowns, or at least some resemblance of what a crown might be, presented as precious trophies or boons. The title of this work was inspired by the electronic dance track ‘Hypercaine’ by DJ Fresh. It is also a signifier of the ultimate human drug — power. – Simon Birch, Gloria Yu, Gabriel Chan and Jacob Blizter Brass, nylon, gold plate, marble, wood, stone, metal, 2016 – Customize your own crown ring in nylon, brass, gold-plated brass, silver or gold at the gift shop. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. – #14thFactory #SimonBirch #GloriaYu #Crowns #Hypercaine #ContemporaryArt #DTLA #artsdistrict Photo credit: @kaotikwestcoast
“We fixed most, but there are a few delicate ones that are still in the process of being repaired and might be permanently damaged …. Value in the art world is a complicated thing.” In the video, the lady tries to pick up the displays she dropped by mistake. Well, this is not the first time when someone has caused damage at a gallery. In March this year, a person toppled over a piece of art which was Yayoi Kusama’s project. The Infinity Mirrored Room exhibition was destroyed due to which the gallery was closed temporarily. In 2015, a 12-year-old boy destroyed 350-year-old Paolo Porpora oil painting which was also called Flowers. The art work was worth $1.5 million.