Simon Birch, one of the artists whose works are displayed at the 14th Factory pop-up gallery in Los Angeles, insists the accident was real.
A selfie gone wrong ruined art displayed at the 14th Factory pop-up gallery in Los Angeles. A woman caused roughly $200,000 damage when she posed for a perfect selfie too close to the art installation, which displays the works of Simon Birch, Gloria Yu, Gabriel Chan and Jacob Blitzer, two weeks ago.
In a video uploaded on YouTube, a woman was seen trying to crouch down and posing in front of a pillar holding a sculpture to take a picture when she accidentally leaned on it, sending pedestals, which were erected close to one another, and crowns placed on them crashing in a cascading domino effect. Three of the sculptures are now permanently damaged, according to a spokeswoman.
The video has racked up more than 1 million views since it was uploaded on Thursday, July 13. There was a rumor that the incident was possibly staged, but Mr. Birch has denied it. He insisted that it was a true accident, but he still would not be putting signs up urging visitors to be careful.
"We trust people," he said. "Crowns are fragile things. They are symbols of power. Perhaps it's ironic and meaningful that they fell."
Titled "Hypercaine", the art installation will run through the end of July.