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Why Taking a Selfie in an Art Show Can Be $$$
Taking lots of selfies? Better consider being backed by an insurance, ladies...
Art Stuff 17 Jul 2017

Taking lots of selfies? Better consider being backed by an insurance, ladies.
Why? Well, because a selfie eventually can destroy a hefty amount worth of art: in this case $ 200.000. Earlier this month, a woman visiting an exhibit by Hong Kong-based artist Simon Birch at The 14th Factory in Los Angeles accidentally knocked over an entire row of his sculptures when she leaned against one of the cubes while posing for the perfect selfie.
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The installation that the woman knocked over was a collaboration called “Hypercaine” between Birch and other artists including Gabriel Chan, Jacob Blitzer, and Gloria Yu.
“Three sculptures were permanently damaged and others to varying degrees,” one of the organisers told Hyperallergic. “The approximate cost of damage is $200,000.”
So better be careful if you take the next the selfie and don’t even think of getting close to anything whose destruction you eventually can’t afford…
Birch’s pieces join a number of other creations destroyed in the name of selfies. Last May, a 120-year-old statue was damaged in Portugal by a cell-phone camera.


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