Jeff Koons’ $60,000 ‘Gazing Ball’ Shattered By Clumsy Exhibition Visitor



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Jeff Koons’ art, the ‘Gazing Ball’, has been destroyed after a visitor touched it in a temporary exhibit in an Amsterdam church.

The glass ball shattered into pieces on 8 April, which happens to be the last day of the exhibition. ‘Gazing Ball (Perugino Madonna and Child with Four Saints)’ was displayed at the Nieuwe Kerk, a 15-century art church that hosts various art exhibitions.

The ball resembled a Christmas ornament and was placed on an aluminium shelf, before his painting. It was the centrepiece of the entire exhibition.

According to a spokesperson for Nieuwe Kerk, Martijn van Schieveen, a visitor has touched the ball, causing it to fall and break. Silver remnants were left on display, and the painting was undamaged.

The ‘Gazing Ball’ is intended for individuals to gaze into, admiring the art of the reflecting image. Visitors could only get close to a ball at a certain distance marked by a line of tape placed on the floor.

Koons mentioned in a press preview in 2015 that the ‘Gazing Ball’ has a metal rod that sticks through it and is secured to the shelf. Therefore, in order to remove it, a person has to lift it up completely off the shelf.

van Schieveen mentioned that visitor who touched the ball is still unidentified and the church is working together with Koons’ studio to investigate the issue.

The art is estimated to be worth $60,000, according to Highsnobiety.

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