x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Someone's selfie caused $200,000 worth of damage

Posted: , by Damian M.

Tags :

Hypercaine art exhibit. Image courtesy of Hyperallergic.com

Hypercaine art exhibit. Image courtesy of Hyperallergic.com

The debate whether our selfie obsession has gone too far has been raging for years. In most cases, selfies don't do any actual harm, but are just a little off putting and maybe slightly annoying to people around us. However, there are plenty of examples of selfies that were directly connected to the physical or monetary damage of someone taking the picture or people around them.

The latest example comes from Los Angeles, California, and more specifically – from the 14th Factory exhibition space. It shows exactly what happens when we're not mindful of where exactly we're taking a selfie.

As you can see from the video below, a woman decided to lean on a pedestal which held one of the art pieces from the Hypercaine art exhibit, which features 60 crown-shaped sculptures from various materials. However, the pedestal appears to be very light and not secured to the floor in any way, as once the woman leaned on it, it came toppling down and starting a chain reaction which knocked over nearly a quarter of the entire exhibit.

The incident happened two weeks ago, and Gloria Yu, one of the artists involved in the exhibition, had the following to say: “Three sculptures were permanently damaged and others to varying degrees. The approximate cost of damage is $200,000.”

However, since the video was released on YouTube, a lot of viewers have expressed their doubt about its legitimacy. Its description claims that the uploader is a friend of the main artist of the installation – Simon Birch – which made some people believe that the accident might be a promotional stunt, and it was staged in order to make the art installation go viral.

If it is a method of promoting the exhibit, the video is certainly doing its job pretty well. At the time of writing of this piece, it has accumulated almost 180,000 views in the 24 hours it has been live.

via TheGuardian

  • Options

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 07:52 1

1. Abdbaas (Posts: 48; Member since: 05 Apr 2016)

Yeah and for me whatever was there might only be worth $5. The artist can say whatever she wants.
As for the selfie girl, I would give her a Darwin award

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 09:51

10. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

It wasn't even a selfie to begin with. Obviously you and iHateSamsungArena don't know what a "selfie" is.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 10:29 1

12. izim1 (Posts: 1259; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

A selfie is a "look at me" picture for yourself. Whether youre taking it yourself or not, makes no damn difference in the end. It's the same damn thing, so feel free to go ahead and stop this "technically" BS....

posted on 15 Jul 2017, 05:59

15. MaryPoopins (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)

Type 'define selfie' into google.

That is all.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 10:33

13. izim1 (Posts: 1259; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

If youre selling 3 of something you make and 2 people pay $10 for one, then the 3rd one is a $10 piece. Regardless of if you only feel they're worth $1 each. The market puts a value on art, not an individual. I personally wouldn't pay 50 cents for a jackson pollock. The dude literally put canvases on the floor and just threw paint at them. Does that mean his work isnt million dollar work?

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 08:00

2. Avieshek (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Jul 2017)

But who uploads with a Potato quality?

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 08:05 1

3. Cat97 (Posts: 326; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)

Where is the "fun" in this lame comment ?

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 08:13 1

4. maherk (Posts: 4845; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

They are recording the monitor, what did you expect?

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 08:26

5. tokuzumi (Posts: 1211; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

While everything on the internet is suspect, selfies are getting out of hand. For some reason, online street cred is more important than paying attention to what you are doing in the real world.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 09:50

9. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

It wasn't even a selfie to begin with. So it negates your whole post.

Did you even look at the video?

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 08:27

6. GreenMan (Posts: 1817; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

The little girl has my pity and sympathies... $200,000 is a large sum of money, I sincerely hope the exhibits were insured...

Things is, we all are guilty of making a fool out of ourselves every now and then... The people expressing that the little girl deserves a 'medal' for her foolishness are nothing but big mouth bullies and hypocrites...

Mankind is a unique and complex specie and it takes decades to comprehend all the things that goes inside a man's head... I've a friend who is a psychologist, been practicing for almost 3 decades now, and he still says that there are things with human psychology that are beyond his comprehension...

We happen to be the most smart specie on the face of this planet and possess unfathomable potential while couldn't me more naive and foolish at the same time...

And I respect that... It's not a weakness, it's a character flaw which gives us our unique identity...

Oh well...

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 09:15

7. piyath (Posts: 1033; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)

Are those stupid clay pots worth $200,000 WTF????

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 09:49

8. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Curious as to how this is being called a "selfie".

A selfie is when you take your own camera and poin tit at yourself and snap a photo.

The video clearly shows the girl trying to sit in front of the post, while the other person was about to take the photo.

So that isn't even a selfie to begin with.

So stupid PA writer with his BS title, and stupid morons who posted and can't see and don't even know the definition of a word.

All of you need to go back to school.


a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.

If someone has a camera and they take a picture of you, that isn't a selfie. Stupid iPhoneArena writers!

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 10:11 1

11. JasontheVeteran (Posts: 23; Member since: 05 Jun 2017)

Fake. No gallery attendants can be seen. The girl who sat down to have her picture taken didn't seem too worried about it. She even picked up one of the pedestals. Maybe $2,000 to $5,000 worth of damage. I suspect the pedestals were worth more than that crappy art.

posted on 15 Jul 2017, 03:12

14. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

and look at the 1st pic..
that place looks more like someone's run-down basement than an art gallery..
and that's not how you showcasing millions dollar art..
(that layout is really asking for accident..)

posted on 16 Jul 2017, 18:15

16. gsg97115991 (Posts: 15; Member since: 26 Aug 2015)

Dam n ! Just for take a selfie?

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 12:02

17. zr2s10 (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Jul 2017)

Sounds like that's what she had it insured for, and coincidentally, a "complete stranger" accidentally broke some... Amazing coincidence!

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories