Shelly Xue, “Angel is Waiting” 2014 / children

During a rowdy visit to the Shanghai Museum of Glass in May 2016, two children fractured this wall-mounted glasswork as their adult chaperones looked on, filming the proceedings with their phones.  

Rather than fix the damage, Xue has decided to continue showing the work as-is, changing its title to “Broken.” 

Interestingly, the museum has since installed a monitor next to the work, playing surveillance footage of the incident on a continual loop. Though not explicitly stated, the move was presumably intended as a cautionary tale for future visitors. 

Christopher Schreck