Woman destroys $200000 of art when her selfie goes wrong

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Images By Tang Ming Tung iStock Getty

That's the lesson learned by a visitor to Los Angeles's The 14th Factory, a temporary art exhibit and factory space now hosting a show of stylized crown sculptures. The woman made a decision to visit the 14th Factory which is a "non profit, independent, temporary art project" in Los Angeles, California and caused quite the stir.

One exhibit, called "Hypercaine", is a series of crowns fashioned from different mediums perched on top of tall white pedestals. In the video, a woman crouches beside one of the pillars, seemingly to take a selfie with the artwork, when she seems to lose balance and topple the stand.

"The crowns that had been perched on pedestals fell to the ground", noted CNET.

Sadly, three sculptures were permanently damaged while several others were left with "varying degrees" of bumps and bruises, Gloria Yu, one of the artists featured in the exhibit, told Hyperallergic. According to Hyperallergic, the damage added up to approximately $200,000. The spokesperson did not say whether the damage was covered by insurance but said the gallery wasn't behind the emergence of the video.

In any case, it looks like the show is still up and running through the end of July.

Others wondered wondered why the pedestals weren't more securely attached to the floor. So, when an exhibition is touted as "series of wondrous, over-the-top sets for the flawless selfie", why wouldn't you pull out your camera and a snap a pic for the 'gram? "Now that it got online, we would rather direct the sudden attention away from the unfortunate event and to the art in The 14th Factory space and the artists behind them".

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