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You Idiot! Selfie Causes R2,5m Damage At Art Exhibition [Video]

Justice has been served.

I’m sure many of you also enjoy a degree of smug satisfaction when watching a good #selfiefail, and this one from the 14th Factory pop-up gallery in Los Angeles is right up there with the best of them.

Possibly, but we’ll get to that later.

British multimedia artist Simon Birch chose to display his work with a domino-style set up, and the rest is history.

The New York Times below:

…it was perhaps no surprise that a woman two weeks ago would get a bit too close to the art and, mid-selfie, lose her balance, sending pedestals and crowns crashing in a cascading domino effect. Damage estimate: Roughly $200,000, according to Mr. Birch.

As they say in the tree-felling community, timber…

If you smell a rat you’re not the only one:

It is possible this was staged. The video was uploaded by someone who claims to know Mr. Birch and its description ends with a plug: “The rest of The 14th Factory is one of its kind. …. Go visit before it closes end of July (or before a few more pieces break).”

But in an email, Mr. Birch said it was a true accident. Still, he said, he would not be putting signs up urging visitors to be careful. “We trust people.” Mr. Birch said. “Crowns are fragile things. They are symbols of power. Perhaps it’s ironic and meaningful that they fell.”

The video on YouTube is approaching five million views, so it appears to have drummed up real interest in Birch and his exhibit.

At least we can all agree that selfies are shameful.

[source:nytimes]

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