The INSIDER Summary:
- A woman crouched to take a selfie by an art installation in Los Angeles.
- She lost her balance and knocked a pedestal over, causing a domino effect that ended up breaking $200,000 worth of art.
- Some people think it’s a hoax or publicity stunt. We’ve reached out to the artist and gallery for comment.
Some people will go to hilarious extremes to capture the perfect selfie. But if security camera footage from YouTube is to be trusted, one woman in a Los Angeles art gallery went a little too far.
An installation by artist Simon Birch at the 14th Factory called “Hypercaine” displays delicate crowns on pedestals.
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
A YouTube user claiming to be a friend of Birch uploaded a video that shows someone attempting to take a selfie and instead knocking over an entire column of crowns. The user also writes in the description that $200,000 worth of art was destroyed.
It starts out innocently enough, with two women standing near the far right column of the installation snapping photos. Then, one of the women crouches down in front of the pedestals and pulls out her phone to take a selfie.
That’s when it goes horribly wrong. She loses her balance and falls over, creating a domino effect as pedestal after pedestal topples over.
The video has been viewed over 255,000 times since it was uploaded on July 13, but some commenters suspect that the entire incident was a hoax or publicity stunt to promote Birch’s art. We’ve reached out to both the artist and the gallery and will update this story as it develops.
In the meantime, watch where you step.
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