At the Serralves Museum in Porto, Portugal, there’s an art exhibit titled “Descent into Limbo (1992)” by artist Anish Kapoor. In the simplest terms, the piece is just a hole in the ground. But, due to Kapoor’s design, the hole appears infinitely deep—a neverending pit from which one can never emerge. Which made it especially disturbing when a museum patron fell into it.
where is the art installation?
It's in the hole
— MEgix (if you didn't know I'm not a bot) (@megixman) August 21, 2018
The hole is reportedly painted with “Vantablack” paint Kapoor purchased in 2016. The paint is incredibly black, “[absorbing] 99.6 percent of the light that hits it,” and giving the eight-foot-deep hole the appearance of being bottomless.
The visitor who fell pic.twitter.com/8Ofee0t4iv
— risyia☀️?? (@RisyiaGotLokid) August 21, 2018
probably just vanta black
— ahlonzo (@Knify124) August 21, 2018
Vantablack claims its first victim.
— Grant (@liber_celestis) August 22, 2018
Nonetheless, eight feet is still a significant drop, and the unlucky visitor who fell was hospitalized with back injuries following his tumble. He has now been sent home, according to the Times.
My kind of performance art https://t.co/XJ4Q9VnpFY
— Lilian Edwards (@lilianedwards) August 22, 2018
And he was never seen again
— Noel Valdes (@Leonsedlav18) August 21, 2018
You may be wondering how a man was allowed to fall into the hole in the first place. According to Mashable:
…there were reportedly many warnings to prevent a person from falling into the hole — and a waiver to inform museum patrons of the potential dangers involved in visiting the exhibit — the visitor seemingly didn’t notice them and fell in anyway.
I have mixed feelings. Anish Kapoor is definitely a bit of an asshat and troll. But I generally have little sympathy for people who don't read posted warnings. Multiply that by having worked as museum security and wishing harm on the idiots who like to pretend to touch the art.
— GoFeesh (@GoFeeshtheFirst) August 22, 2018
Apparently someone fell into artist Anish Kapoor’s bottomless pit sculpture – my guess is they were looking through the view finder on their phone. https://t.co/4LBXArjNet
— Jane Dzisiewski (@JaneDzisiewski) August 22, 2018
The exhibit has been closed since the accident but is set to reopen soon…perhaps this time with a net at the bottom of the bottomless pit.
I managed to avoid falling in to the last Anish Kapoor artwork I saw. pic.twitter.com/UEDB5vxGUR
— Riverboat Captain (@RiverboatCapt) August 22, 2018
Art can be dangerous!
— James H Bardwell (@j_h_bardwell) August 22, 2018
Shouldn’t “stepping into the Void” be a sign of the ultimate Dawin Award winner?
— GA Whitenton (@LittleBigRing) August 22, 2018