Going to a museum can be all kinds of fun if you’re into the art scene, and taking selfies with the art is practically a subgenre of art itself. So, naturally, when an exhibition rolled out a series touted as “wondrous, over-the-top sets for the perfect selfie,” everyone pulled out their cameras, Snapchat stories, and Instagrams right away!
Unfortunately though, taking a selfie isn’t always a good idea. The video on the next page was taken at the 14th Factory in L.A, the very same exhibition that encouraged selfie-taking, and yet… it was selfie-taking that caused $200,000 worth of damage.
The LA times ran a preview of the show back in May that was headlined: “Oh, the selfies you’ll make at L.A’s 14th Factory, where the art is so social.” The exhibit was even labeled an Instagram tour. Of course, this turned out to be rather prophetic, as people did come and take incredible selfies at the exhibit. The prophecy just also happened to have a negative side to it.
As for what the artwork looks like outside of its destruction? Well, it happened to be a series of crowns called “Hypercaine.” The art was created by a variety of artists like Simon Birch, Gloria Yu, Gabriel Chan, and Jacob Blitzer.
Around the 10 second mark in the video, you can see a woman in the upper right stoop down for a selfie, but it’s at that moment where everything goes wrong. She knocks back one of the podiums, which in turn knocks into another and starts a chain reaction.
“Three sculptures were permanently damaged and others to varying degrees,” Yu told Hyperallergic. “The approximate cost of damage is $200, 000.” Art is typically worth what people will pay for it and the sticker price was $200, 000.
Some believe that the value of the art has now soared thanks to the woman’s ill-fated selfie destruction. Some art collectors are willing to pay big bucks for broken art because it makes the piece more unique. You can find the video of the unfortunate incident below.