Woman taking selfie causes $200,000 worth of damage at art exhibit

A woman caused $200,000 worth of damage at a Los Angeles art exhibit after slipping during a selfie. / YOUTUBE

(CBS) This may be one of the most expensive selfies yet.

Pedestals holding valuable sculptures toppled over — domino-style — at pop-up art exhibition two weeks ago after a visitor lost her balance as she snapped a quick picture, causing $200,000 worth of damage.

Crowns made of brass, nylon, gold plate, marble, wood, stone and metal came crashing down as a row of 10 pillars they were resting on collapsed, one after the other.

The sculptures were a part of Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch’s latest immersive art project at The 14th Factory, a temporary art exhibit held in a 150,000 square-foot warehouse in Los Angeles.

Three of the crown sculptures were permanently damaged and others to varying degrees, Jocelyn Ingram, a spokesperson for 14th Factory Foundation, told CBS News.

“Each sculpture that had fallen involves 20 to 30 hours of man labor, including the artist’s conception, 3D designers’ modeling and metal welders and workers’ crafting and assembly,” Ingram said.

The title of this work was inspired by the electronic dance track Hypercaine by DJ Fresh. / 14TH FACTORY FOUNDATION

A surveillance video of the painfully awkward moment was leaked onto YouTube on Thursday, and has received 915,000 views as of Friday evening.

The video shows the girl kneeling down and posing for a selfie. She accidentally loses her footing and bumps into a pillar, falling down in the process.

Some questioned whether the expensive mishap was really just a PR stunt.

“The truth is, the event did happen and it was caught on our security camera,” Ingram said. “It would be pretty irrational for the artists behind these sculptures to intentionally inflict harm on their own work hoping to gain any benefit.”

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