Thursday, 20 July, 2017

Selfie fail sets off domino effect, destroys $200000 worth of art

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Nicole Thomas | 15 July, 2017, 01:57

A visitor to an art exhibit in Los Angeles trying to take a photo fell into the exhibit instead, knocking it over and causing an estimated $200,000 worth of damage.

A recently released YouTube video of an expensive accident in an art gallery is a odd (but not uncommon) collision of the the expensive fragility of art objects and the (literally) clumsy narcissism of selfie culture - particularly that of the "art selfie".

An art gallery in Los Angeles is counting the cost of a selfie taken by a woman who knocked over an exhibit, creating a domino effect that toppled a row of expensive works.

One woman appears to crouch down next to one of the installations, topped with a crown, when disaster strikes.

Eyewitness News reached out to the Hong Kong-based artist, Simon Burch, about the incident.

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In an oddly prophetic description, the LA Times described the exhibition as a "series of wondrous, over-the-top sets for the ideal selfie", under the headline "Oh, the selfies you'll make at L.A.'s 14th Factory, where the art is so social".

The video capturing the moment was uploaded to YouTube on 13 July by someone claiming to be a friend of Simon Birch, which also attempts to encourage viewers to visit the exhibition.

"She accidentally leaned on it and the rest is history". The exhibit, which opened in March after a four-year delay, featured the work of various artists, according to Hyperallergic.

It's worth noting that Hypercaine is actually only one exhibit in a much larger exhibition that consist of multiple rooms full of immersive art, all of which looks ripe for racking up some likes on Instagram.

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