No one should ever be shamed for taking selfies, but this woman’s selfie misstep that damaged $200,000 in art is a perfect example of why we need to be careful while taking them.
Hong Kong-based artist Simon Birch is exhibiting his work, alongside other collaborators, at Los Angeles’ 14th factory. While visiting the installation, one woman crouched in front of a series of pedestals to snap a selfie with the art.
Unfortunately, the woman lost her balance and fell backward onto the pedestal. On its own, this wouldn’t be such a big deal, but the bump caused a chain reaction, taking out an entire row of pedestals like dominoes.
According to the 14th factory, the incident caused about $200,000 in damage.
Three sculptures were permanently damaged, while others broke in varying degrees of severity. That being said, watching the video of it happening is pretty crazy. We almost thought the accident was part of the “art.”
In the selfie-taker’s defense, the exhibition was promoted as a social media paradise, with the Los Angeles Times writing “Oh, the selfies you’ll make at L.A.’s 14th Factory, where the art is so social.”
So, moral of the story: Take all the selfies you want, but check your surroundings, make sure it’s safe, and do your best to keep your balance.