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London Cops Bust into Art Gallery to Rescue an Unconscious Woman — But It Was Actually a Sculpture

London Cops Bust into Art Gallery After Report of Dead Woman that Was Actually a Sculpture

London Cops Bust into Art Gallery After Report of Dead Woman that Was Actually a Sculpture

Kristina Scultpure.
foto: Courtesy of Laz Emporium

A realistic-looking sculpture recently caused quite a bit of confusion at a London art gallery.

Mês passado, police broke down the doors at Laz Emporium after seeing what they thought wasan unconscious woman slumped over a table in the locked-up gallery,” according to a news release from the Soho gallery.

The Metropolitan Police told PEOPLE in a statement that they received a call on the night of Nov. 25 cerca de “concerns for the welfare of a person at a locked business.As they noted, police havea duty of care to respond when there are welfare concern(s).”

Contudo, once they got inside, authorities discovered that the woman was actually an art installation, which was commissioned by the gallery’s owner Steve Lazarides, according to the gallery. The sculpture, titulado “Kristina,” depicts his sister passed out with her face in a plate of soup.

At the time police arrived, Lazarides said a gallery employeehad just locked up and gone upstairs to make a cup of tea.

She came down to find the door off its hinges and two confused police officers!” o dono, who is also the former agent of graffiti artist Bansky, dito em um comunicado obtido pela PEOPLE.

Speaking with Artnet News, the employee, Hannah Blakemore, said that police told her thatsomebody reported that the woman here has not been moving for the last two hours.”

London Cops Bust into Art Gallery After Report of Dead Woman that Was Actually a Sculpture

London Cops Bust into Art Gallery After Report of Dead Woman that Was Actually a Sculpture

Kristina.
Courtesy of Laz Emporium

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Blakemore went on to tell the outlet that paramedics were also called in October while the sculpture was on display at a London fair.

The work is to provoke and it’s definitely achieving that,” the employee remarked.

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The gallery said the sculpture, by American artist Mark Jenkins, is made out of packing tape and foam filler — and that Lazaridescommissioned the talking-point piece to sit at any dining table they were sellingin the gallery.

Although not currently for sale, Artnet News reported that if that ever changed, the artwork would cost £18,000 (cerca de $22,000).

When asked about what happened, Jenkins told Insider that while his hyper-realistic work had caused confusion before, he had never heard of something so drastic happening.

I wondered if the police were going to pay for the door,” Jenkins told the outlet.

Kristinais currently on display at Laz Emporium through Dec. 24.