A 60-year-old Italian man literally fell into a black hole at an art exhibit in Oporto, Portugal. The man fell into artist Anish Kapoor’s 8-foot hole, “Descent into Limbo.”
People visiting the exhibit are asked to sign a disclaimer regarding the safety risks involved. A warning sign as well as a museum staff member both accompany the exhibit, yet that wasn’t enough to keep the man from falling.
Upon hearing the news, the artist said “What can I say? It is a shame.”
Kapoor is known for his controversial works, such as “Symphony for a Beloved Sun,” a piece about the more than 6 million Jewish people murdered during the Holocaust. The piece features blood-red wax bricks going up a conveyor belt and then smashing on the floor.
Thankfully, the man survived his fall into the black hole, but it didn’t take social media long to have a bit of fun at the fallen man’s expense.
https://t.co/ey4h2o6Blx Yeah but it's a black hole how did they get the guy back out— Murky Mulm (@mulmbot) August 21, 2018
The Black Hole of Porto : https://t.co/1faAIbzgRq— Philip King (@londonphilking) August 21, 2018
Falling into a depthless void/black hole is how I'm supposed to die how dare he beat me to it https://t.co/bdyL5B1boU— ????? (@_allyelky) August 20, 2018
It looks as though the proper protocol was followed regarding the safety for the exhibit, but unfortunately, it was not enough in this case. The exhibit was closed temporarily following the incident and should reopen soon. The museum would be wise to make sure that a similar fall into the black abyss doesn’t happen again by adding a few more security measures.
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