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Published on : Thursday, June 2, 2016
A Lego figure worth £10,000 was smashed to pieces by a four year old Chinese boy. The figure was of the fox named Nick from the film Zootopia was created by Mr. Zhao in three days. The statue was on display at the Chinese Lego expo and was broken only hours after it went on display. The parents apologised for the loss and offered to pay, but the artist felt it was unintended accident. The statue should never have been installed within touching distance.
In the last month two young Chinese boys were caught on CCTV at the Shanghai Museum of Glass in China touching and pulling a delicate angel wings. The two boys were accompanied by their parents and they were seen filming the boys with the piece. But when they walked away the wings were smashed. It took 27 months for Shelly Xue, to build and the glass figure called ‘Angel in Waiting’ which she had dedicated to her daughter. She did not fix the broken figurine and instead named it ‘Broken’.
An 18th century jug was smashed by a boy in 2015 at the museum in Ipswich. It was done accidentally but the vase was divided in 65 pieces. The jug was eventually repaired and was moved to the Art Gallery in the High Street.
Not just children there are some adults too who have been involved in destroying precious museum pieces.
In 2006 a man tripped on his shoelace and toppled three 300 year old Ching Dynasty vases in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge in the UK.
Now art can be deceptive at times for some. Cleaners at the Museum in Bolzano mistook an installation called the “Where shall we go dancing tonight?” which was made of bottles, confetti, cigarette butts and paper streamers. Cleaners thought they were left over’s from a previous night party that the museum staff may have enjoyed the night before. They threw the entire arrangement.