Miami – A woman accidentally broke a $42,000 sculpture by American Jeff Koons that was on display at an art fair in Miami, but luckily she didn’t have to pay for it, local media reported.
The “Balloon Dog” porcelain sculpture, approximately 15 inches tall and blue in color, was among the pieces to be displayed at Miami’s Art Wynwood Fair in South Miami Floridaand which opened the doors of its tenth edition on Friday.
According to local Miami Herald newspaper, the woman, who has not been identified, did not have to pay for the piece that ended up in pieces on the ground because the sculpture was insured.
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“I saw this woman was there, and she hit it, and then the thing fell and broke into thousands of pieces,” artist and art collector Stephen Gamson, one of the witnesses to the incident, told WSVN on Thursday night of the opening of the fair.
According to Gamson, many were surprised and thought it was an artistic “performance” by the Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery booth that was displaying the sculpture.
The vandalized work is a polished stainless steel miniature replica of Koons’ popular 12-foot balloon dog sculpture on display in Los Angeles, California.
Beginning in the second half of the 1990s, the Pennsylvania-born and New York City-based artist made these iconic animal sculptures of various sizes, mostly made of stainless steel and with a surface similar to stainless steel, such as mirror or glass.