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Posing Woman Destroys $200K Worth Of Art (Video)

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A woman accidentally destroyed $200,000 worth of art while trying to take a picture of herself at an exhibition in California (video below).

Video shows the woman attempting to pose as somebody takes a picture of her during a group show at The 14th Factory in Los Angeles, Gizmodo reports.

As she leans back against one of the sculptures for the photo, she falls, and causes the rest of the items in the collection behind her to collapse like dominoes.

"Three sculptures were permanently damaged and others to varying degrees," said one of the artists, Gloria Yu.

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News of the fiasco quickly captured the attention of many on social media.

Some found the whole thing amusing.

"She turned regular art into performance art, bravo!" joked one Gizmodo reader.

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"Now you can have a wonderful kintsugi exhibit in a year or two," commented another, referring to the Japanese art of repairing broken objects with gold.

Others admonished the exhibitors -- not the woman -- for the destruction.

"Such poor planning," wrote one individual. "No security, or velvet ropes, and you arrange the expensive a** art like a giant game of f***ing dominoes. You knew this would happen."

Some thought the security was deliberately lax.

"Those bases looked so light, they could have been pushed over with a finger or two," wrote another commenter. "Why not use a heavy display or have them somehow secured to the floor? Either they knew this would happen, so as to generate buzz OR this is some really poor planning. If it’s the latter, some  'artists' (mainly B.King & Forsythe Pendelton Jones III) could get a decent payday out of it."

Others didn't think the art or the gallery were to blame.

"The art didn’t fall over on its own," argued another. "She fell over and pushed it over. She caused the accident. If she wasn’t there this particular accident wouldn’t have happened. That said, someone else might have done it, but we don’t know that. And yes it’s obviously poor planning*. But let’s not defer blame entirely."

A spokesperson for The 14th Factory also chimed in.

"There has been speculation whether this really happened or is a PR stunt," she said, Fox News reports. "The truth is, the event did happen and it was caught on our security camera."

She added: "It would be pretty irrational for the artists behind these sculptures to intentionally inflict harm on their own work hoping to gain any benefit." 

Sources: Gizmodo, Fox News / Photo credit: PexelsYouTube/Party Pooper, Carolina A. Miranda/Instagram

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