In a video that has gone viral, a woman at a Los Angeles art exhibit can be seen knocking over a row of pillars, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage, according to the artist.
The exhibit, by Hong Kong-based multimedia artist Simon Birch, featured rows of pillars with crowns carefully placed on top. The crowns were 3D printed and made of a variety of materials, such nylon, brass, granite, and marble.
While viewing the exhibit, the young woman squatted in front of one row of pillars to take a selfie. She ended up losing her balance and fell back into the front post. This triggered a domino effect and 16 pillars toppled over, with all of the crowns falling off.
Birch told the New York Times that the ill-fated selfie caused $200,000 worth of damage. In a Facebook post, Birch explained that each crown is valued at $20,000 and that most of the ones damaged were fixed, but some might be permanently damaged.
He noted that the exhibition is a nonprofit and doesn’t have the funds to sue the woman for the damage she caused. Additionally, the crowns were not insured because they could not afford it.
Watch the video of the fateful selfie below.