When we visit exhibitions or any place where there are artworks, we know the ground rules to set for the kids: no running, no shouting, and definitely no touching the artwork. But sometimes forces conjoin, and this happens.
Our chest instantly tightened when we saw these photos after a Chinese preschooler managed, in one push, to destory a life-size fox scultpure of Nick from Zootapia at the LEGO Expo in Ningbo, China. To make matters worse, it was the first day of the exhibition and the display (said to cost between $15,000 to $20,000) had only been open to the public for no more than an hour.
The photos below showed the painstaking effort of Lego sculpture’s artist, Zhao, who constructed the Lego display in three days. He declined any compensation from the parents, whom he says were very apologetic.
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This brought to mind another similar incident that happened last year when a 12-year-old Taiwanese boy left a hole the size of a fist on 17th-century painting. Holding a drink, he tripped. To catch his footing, he held up his hand to find support, which happened to be a 350-year-old oil on canvas work called Flowers by Paolo Porpora. Estimated value: $1.5 million.
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We can easily imagine the parents of these boys, physically sick as they witnessed their sons’ accidents happen, forever in slow motion, in their heads.