Another hapless museum visitor has damaged some priceless art in the name of the selfie.
At the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. this weekend, a visitor to Yayoi Kusama’s new exhibition tripped and fell while trying to snap a picture, and wrecked a ceramic glowing pumpkin likely worth almost $800,000, reports artnet.
The sculpture was part of Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room — All the Eternal Love I have for the Pumpkins” — one of six mirrored rooms that make up her “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition.
Allison Peck, the interim director of communications and marketing at the museum, told artnet that a work in the installation “sustained minor damage and the room was closed temporarily.”
Although selfie-takers are a new and unexpectedly prevalent risk to art, they aren’t the only threat; well-meaning bystanders have also been causing chaos of late. From the restoration of a fresco of Jesus Christ in a Spanish church by a parishioner and the $116,000 crossword art work that was not-so-helpfully completed by elderly German woman last year, to the photographer who smushed a tiny, tiny sculpture without even noticing.