A Museum Patron Fell into a Massive, Fake-Looking Hole at a Portuguese Art Museum

It’s a funny but cautionary tale for distracted art lovers. Last week, the Serralves Foundation in Porto, Portugal, a 60-year-old Italian man managed to fall into Anish Kapoor’s eight-foot pit painted to look like a flat circle despite the warning signs and the attendant stationed to keep patrons from falling in, according to Vice News.

The unidentified man was briefly hospitalized but has since left and is recovering. The art installation in question has been placed on a “few days” rest while new safety precautions are put in place.

The eight-foot pit is Kapoor’s 1992 optical illusion installation “Descent into Limbo.” The reason it looks so flat is because of the black pigment it is painted in. The best description I can give is Gizmodo’s. It truly looks like one of those ACME holes from Looney Tunes.

The piece is meant to make patrons contemplate the void and the mysteries of the universe. Most art pieces are meant to inspire contemplation to some degree and, at the very least, get the patrons to pay attention to it. So, in the future, my fellow art lovers, please pay attention to your surroundings, especially if an art piece could be potentially hazardous and the art museum goes out of its way to warn you about it.

The art museum, the artists, and your future self will thank you.

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