An elderly German woman has made headlines around the world for completing a crossword. But it wasn’t just any crossword, it was a $116,000 piece of art.
The 91-year-old was visiting an art museum in Germany when she came across the puzzle and decided she would fill in the blanks.
The piece title “Reading-Work-Pieces nos. 32-32 + 124,” is by Danish artist Arthur Köepcke and was on loan to the Nueus Museum in Nuremberg. It features a small section of crossword puzzle with a line that reads, “Insert Words”.
Unsurprisingly the woman took the instructions to heart, grabbed her ballpoint pen, and got to work.
According to New York Magazine, the museum filed a criminal complaint for the insurance, but acknowledged it was a harmless mistake. They believe it can be fixed.
The incident is reminiscent of the thoughtful — but botched — restoration of a fresco of Jesus Christ in a Spanish church by an elderly parishioner. [NYM]