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


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]