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Was museum selfie crash of crowns staged?

July 18, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A spectacular accident at a Los Angeles art gallery, in which a tourist taking a selfie knocks down a row of valuable crowns on pedestals – they go down like a set of dominos – is racking up views on social media as people watch USD 200,000 of damage happening in three seconds.

A YouTube clip of the event, under the title ‘Selfie Domino’ had garnered about 3.5 million views by last night.

Simon Birch, a Hong Kong-based British multimedia artist, has been displaying his immersive exhibition at the 14th Factory pop-up gallery in Los Angeles. He set it up with 20 creative collaborators and one exhibit features a series of crowns on pedestals.

All was well, until woman got a bit too close to the art while taking a selfie and … wham, crash!

Birch estimated the damage at about USD 200,000, according to the New York Times.

The paper admitted however that “it is possible this was staged” as the video 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 to the New York Times, Birch insisted it was a real accident.

Judge for yourself here:

While many museums encourage selfies, as a way to involve audiences with artworks, some have banned selfie sticks. In the case of the crowns, no selfie stick was involved.

Written by Peter Needham

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