Wednesday, March 01, 2006

How dumb is this kid?

DETROIT - A 12-year-old visitor to the Detroit Institute of Arts stuck a wad of gum to a $1.5 million painting, leaving a stain the size of a quarter, officials say. They say he took a piece of Wrigley's Extra Polar Ice gum out of his mouth and stuck it on Helen Frankenthaler's "The Bay," an abstract painting from 1963.

The gum stuck to the painting's lower left corner and did not adhere to the fiber of the canvas, officials told the Detroit Free Press. But it left a chemical residue about the size of a quarter, said Becky Hart, assistant curator of contemporary art.

The museum's conservation department is researching the chemicals in the gum to decide which solvent to use to clean it. The museum hopes to make the repair in two weeks and will keep "The Bay" on display in the meantime, she said. (Courtesy: Yahoo!News)

I mean, what the hell. They're saying, "well, the kid is only 12.." - He's 12! I'm sure by that age you know not to take gum out of your mouth, step too close to a painting in a museum, and stick it directly on the paint, not even the frame, or at least underneath the frame!!


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