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14th Factory 161 | Photo by Lord Jim/Flickr
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Woman Takes Selfie, Knocks Over $200,000 Worth of Art

Picture of Rachel Gould
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 17 July 2017
Art mishaps are an unfortunate fact of life, from holes punched through multi-million dollar canvases to the infamous botched restoration that led to “Beast Jesus.” Most recently, a woman attempting a selfie in front of Hypercaine, an installation at The 14th Factory exhibition in LA, knocked over a row of 10 plinths, which fell to the floor like dominoes in $200,000 worth of irreparable destruction.

The 14th Factory is a “monumental, multiple-media, socially engaged art and documentary experience conceived by the Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch,” currently on view in a converted Los Angeles factory space. The immersive exhibition’s website advertises that “the visitor is transformed into a central player,” but one aspiring photographer was a little too interactive.

Security camera footage initially released by LiveLeak shows a woman in the upper right-hand corner crouching down to take what looks like a selfie, but upon losing her balance, falls into a pedestal, which subsequently knocks down an entire row of the installation. Titled Hypercaine, the installation is a series of pedestals exhibiting 12 crown-like sculptures forged from various materials, including marble and precious metals.

While the mishap looks to be an honest accident, The Guardian reported that some question whether this was a premeditated stunt organized by the artists involved. If it was indeed a very unfortunate accident, this woman’s selfie will cost her $200,000.

The 14th Factory (or at least what’s left of it) will remain on view at 440 North Avenue 19, Los Angeles, CA, 90031 until July 30, 2017.

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