Visitor falls into, smashes sculpture

July 29, 2008 at 11:13 AM

LONDON, July 29 (UPI) -- A 9-foot-tall sculpture by Costa Rican artist Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez was destroyed when a visitor fell into it at a London exhibit.

The BBC said the totem titled "Christina" was broken into hundreds of pieces when a visitor fell into the cordoned-off piece, causing it to crash to the floor at the Royal Academy.

The sculpture, estimated to have been worth about $12,000, was one of five totems by the contemporary artist on display. The gallery closed after the weekend incident, but later reopened, the BBC said Tuesday.

"The Summer Exhibition 2008 had got through its busiest period and it is particularly disappointing that this has happened on a fairly quiet Saturday afternoon," the Royal Academy of Arts told the BBC. "(The Academy) is arranging for a conservator to come in to assess the damage so that we can inform our insurers."

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