A woman breaks a sculpture – level 3
Art lovers in Miami, United States, looked on in horror on Thursday night when an art collector accidentally knocked a sculpture by US pop artist Jeff Koons to the ground.
Witnesses said that the woman tapped the sculpture with her finger and the 42,000-dollar artwork fell off its pedestal and smashed into tiny shards. The incident happened during the exclusive VIP-only opening night of Art Wynwood, a contemporary art fair held annually in Florida.
The sculpture was part of a limited edition that has now shrunk from 799 to 798. Despite being shattered into thousands of pieces, there’s still interest in buying the destroyed sculpture. A local artist offered to buy it, as he said on his Instagram account that it had a really cool story.
68-year-old Jeff Koons hasn’t made any comment on the incident. His range of Balloon Dog sculptures is among the most iconic works of contemporary art and has sold for tens of millions of dollars. Some are as high as 3 meters; however, the broken dog was just a 40 centimeters tall puppy.
Difficult words: pedestal (a long thin column that supports a statue), contemporary art (art made and produced by artists that live today), iconic (very famous or popular).
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