A Man Fell Into a Giant Black Hole at Anish Kapoor’s Latest Art Installation

British contemporary artist Anish Kapoor (L) and and curator Suzanne Cotter stand next to his artwork 'Descent into limbo' during the opening of his exhibition entitled 'Works, thoughts, experiments' at the Serralves Foundation in Porto, on July 6, 2018
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It was only a matter of time, really. Since opening to the public on July 6, 2018, there has been a gaping hole in the middle of renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor’s installation at the Serralves Museum in Porto, Portugal. The catch? It’s actually not a hole at all, but a piece of art, and is meant to be there. Still, despite warning signs to be careful around the piece and staff members monitoring guests who approach the artwork, last week a 60-year-old man managed to fall right into the Vantablack installation.

Titled “Descent Into Limbo,” the 8-foot hole “is an expression of Kapoor’s interests in the formal and metaphoric play between light and darkness, inside and outside, the contained and the infinite, which underpins his sculptural oeuvre,” according to the description affixed to the wall next to the sculpture. While it’s not known whether the unnamed museum-goer had the chance to appreciate Kapoor’s intention before taking a tumble, we know that he’s on the mend.

“An accident happened,” museum press officer Fernando Rodrigues Pereira told artnet News, noting that the installation would be temporarily closed in the wake of the incident. Approximately one week after the accident, which occurred on August 13, Rodrigues Pereira noted that the injured party “has already left the hospital and he is recovering well.” Meanwhile, The Art Newspaper reported that the individual—who was visiting from Italy—is “almost ready to go home.” One can only imagine that this is one vacation he won’t soon forget.

[h/t artnet News]

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This 10-Year-Old Is Sending Art Supplies to Hundreds of Kids in Homeless Shelters and Foster Homes

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She may be stuck at home, but Chelsea Phaire has found a way to connect with hundreds of kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. As CNN reports, the 10-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut, has used her time in isolation to send 1500 art project packs to kids in foster homes and homeless shelters.

Phaire had been interested in starting a charity from a young age, and on her birthday in August 2019, she launched Chelsea's Charity with help from her parents. Instead of birthday gifts, Chelsea asked for art supplies, and all the items she received went to a homeless shelter in New York. The Phaires have since set up a wishlist on Amazon, so anyone can donate supplies for the art kits. One pack includes crayons, paper, markers, gel pens, coloring books, and colored pencils.

In recent months, Phaire's mission to provide resources to underserved kids has become more vital than ever. Schools around the country have closed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which means kids have less access to art supplies than they did before. Young people may also be dealing with increased stress and boredom from being isolated inside. By sharing art kits, Phaire hopes to give them a healthy outlet for their struggles.

Chelsea's Charity has donated more than 1500 kits to schools, shelters, and foster homes since stay-at-home orders rolled out in March, which is more than was donated in the initiative's first five months. COVID-19 has forced Phaire to do some things differently: While she would normally get to meet many of the people she helps in person, she now sends all her donations by mail. Until it's safe to travel again, she's staying connected to kids through social media, as you can see in the video below.

[h/t CNN]