Yesterday, we showed you the perils of a selfie through a cool animated short by Andy Martin. Well, today, we’re here to tell you that they could happen, as proven by one zealous student who took his love of selfies to the extreme. As far as we know, no one has miraculously laid an egg, gotten punched in the face by their phone, or melted into a puddle yet, as depicted by our new favorite selfie short. A sculpture, however, was harmed during the making of that student’s selfie.
The said student reportedly climbed an early 19th century statue, the “Drunken Satyr,” that guarded the hallway at Italy’s prestigious Academy of Fine Arts of Brera so he could take a selfie, probably thinking that the statue would be strong enough to hold him. Unfortunately for this still unnamed genius, the statue was already in need of restoration, causing the poor satyr’s leg to fall off from the extra weight.
I guess nobody ever told him never to touch the art.
Don’t sharpen your pitchforks and light your torches just yet, though. It really isn’t as bad as it sounds. Thankfully, the damaged statue is only a copy of the original, much older one that’s safe and sound at Glyptothek in Munich, and is of no historical value. As half-baked as this student was, at least he managed to avoid the more valuable works that are housed in a room nearby.
No word yet as to whether or not he managed to capture his selfie but let’s hope he’s a valuable lesson.