July 14, 2017 11:42 am

Video captures woman taking picture at museum, knocking over $200K in art

ABOVE: The woman is about to take a photo but knocks over pillars of art at the Los Angeles museum.


A woman taking photos at a Los Angeles museum knocked over $200,000 worth of art after trying to take a picture.

A security camera from the Simon Birch exhibit at the 14th Factory gallery shows a woman (who looks like she is about to take a selfie) crouch down next to a row of pedestals displaying the art. She then falls onto one of them causing the rest to topple.

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The woman then gets up and tries to put back the knocked over pieces of art.

A spokeswoman for the exhibition told CNET that three sculptures were irreparably damaged and others to varying degrees. The damage amounted to around $200,000. The spokesperson did not say whether the damage was covered by insurance but said the gallery wasn’t behind the emergence of the video.

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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 info@the14thfactory.com for details. – #14thFactory #SimonBirch #GloriaYu #Crowns #Hypercaine #ContemporaryArt #DTLA #artsdistrict Photo credit: @kaotikwestcoast

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Although a selfie stick was not used in this case, many tourist spots around the world have banned them.

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The Kentucky Derby banned the so-called “Wand of Narcissus,” and the stick is also banned at CannesCoachella, Lollapalooza and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, among others.

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