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.
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