James Borden, wooden clock, 1994 / man

In June 2016, a visitor damaged this handmade wooden timepiece while visiting Pennsylvania’s National Watch and Clock Museum. With his companion looking on, the man handled the wall-mounted work for a full minute, pulling and swaying its movable parts until it crashed to the floor and fractured.

After initially trying to rehang the broken work, the couple notified museum staff and confessed. They are not expected to face prosecution; the damage to the work was thought to be reversible. 

Christopher Schreck