First it was the 18th century statue of Saint Michael in the Lisbon Museum. Then, it was the Yayoi Kusama pumpkin in the Hirshhorn Museum in D.C. Both works were destroyed by overeager selfie takers, but despite these catastrophic incidents, it does not seem as if people have learned their lesson about the dangers of selfie taking, because another fool has destroyed more art in a museum.
Today’s example involves a woman who decided she just *had* to snap a pic of herself posing in front of an exhibit by Simon Birch, which is currently on display at The 14th Factory in Los Angeles. This particular exhibit features sculptures on top of rows of columns. The woman in question leaned over to take the pic, accidentally knocking one of the columns over.
And then, thanks to the laws of physics, the entire row behind that column fell in a domino-like collapse. It’s weirdly cathartic to watch (which we can, thanks to released security footage).
Unfortunately, the damaged work is estimated to be worth around $200,000, so we feel pretty bad for the artist (and the museum). But also, maybe it’s time for museums to ban selfies in the first place. After all, what photo of a masterpiece is improved by the site of a goofy, smiling face?