Woman Taking Selfie Knocks Over $200,000 Worth Of Art


You’ve probably heard the term ‘bull in a china shop’, right?

Well that phrase is a bit archaic these days, because it’s 2017 and I can’t remember the last china shop I actually saw.

Instead – we have a selfie taker and a museum – but the outcome is pretty much the same.

That’s because one overly-eager visitor of the 14th Factory in Los Angeles, California, (which is a non-profit, temporary art project) has caused over $200,000 worth of damage after knocking over a display whilst trying to take a selfie.

Luckily for us, the whole thing was captured on security cameras, and in the footage you can clearly see the woman bending down in front of the pedestals to take a selfie. Presumably she loses her balance for a second, which sends the pedestals tumbling down one after another in a domino effect, knocking over the art placed on top of them.

You can’t help but wince at every falling pedestal, can you?

The gallery is described as a “monumental, multiple-media, socially engaged art and documentary experience conceived by the Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch.” 

The particular exhibit the woman was looking at is titled “Hypercaine,” which features a series of crowns created with different mediums. According to the museum, three of these sculptures were “permanently damaged.”

On seeing the clip, many were quick to call out the woman for her apparent clumsiness:


Some, however, were quick to come to the woman’s defence and blame the museum:

I guess that’s just the cost of a good selfie these days…

Whose fault do you think it was? Let us know in the comments below!

Images via Twitter/Liveleak/14th Factory

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