Kid Trashes $15K Lego Sculpture on Exhibit’s First Day
And in the exhibit's first hour
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2016 6:03 AM CDT
The aftermath.   (Weibo)
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(Newser) – The trouble with "no touching" signs: 4-year-olds can't read them. Such was the situation in Ningbo, China, when on Sunday a boy of that age ducked under the rope encircling a sculpture of Zootopia character Nick Wilde and knocked it over, ruining the $15,000 Lego fox, reports Shanghaiist. It was crafted by a man identified only by his surname of Zhao, who the BBC reports built the piece over the course of three days and nights out of some 10,000 pieces. The "masterwork" hadn't even been on display for a full hour before it was destroyed, reports What's on Weibo. While Zhao reportedly wrote of being "depressed and frustrated" in the words of the South China Morning Post, he noted that he had accepted the family's apology and was not looking for any compensation as the destruction wasn't intentional.

But in the annals of history, the child's act will appear second to another May 2016 art mess: Mashable and the BBC report that two boys visiting the Shanghai Museum of Glass on May 17 were filmed breaking the wings off "Angel in Waiting," a glass piece created by Shelly Xue over 27 months. The children were filmed by security cameras—and by the two adults accompanying them, who recorded the boys' actions on cellphones. Last August, a 12-year-old taking a guided tour with his mom at an art exhibit in Taipei tripped next to a painting worth about $1.5 million, putting his fist right through it as he tried to break his fall. He left a large gash in the bottom right of Paolo Porpora's Flowers, an oil on canvas said to be about 350 years old. The painting was said to be the only one signed by Porpora. (A Lego piece caused three years of medical issues for this boy.)

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