So not exactly the best start. Undaunted, Lee later brought her fishy opus back to the public's nostrils in 2018 with an appearance at the Hayward Gallery in London, this time with an odor-reducing chemical included in the bags to help mitigate things. There was just one problem: That chemical was volatile, and could explode when mixed with the kind of organic compounds that might come from, say, a piece of rotting fish. Luckily, Lee's artwork didn't involve any dead fi- whoops.
Sure enough, right before the exhibition's return to public glory, a bag of fish exploded while being moved, starting a fire in the gallery. Firefighters were called to put out the blaze, and a security guard required treatment for possibly the grossest kind of smoke inhalation. On the other hand, Bul's exhibition did go off with a bang. We'll see ourselves out.
Thousands Of Giant Umbrellas + Heavy Wind = Death And Destruction
In 1991, artist duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude took time out from gift-wrapping large sections of the planet to set up several thousand umbrellas northeast of Tokyo, and also on ranches outside of Los Angeles. Each one stood 20 feet tall, weighed 485 pounds, and altogether cost a cool $26 million to set up. Now, if putting up giant heavy umbrellas in a windy part of California seems like a bad idea, well, that's because it was.
Tragically, one of the pieces came loose of its moorings in high winds, barreling across the landscape and injuring multiple people before fatally crushing a woman against a boulder. Also, a worker removing the umbrellas in Japan was electrocuted to death after the crane he was operating touched a power line. We're glad they only set up this exhibit in two countries, or the world population would be considerably smaller today.
Dddeco/Wikimedia CommonsThough there would be legends among umbrellas that this world was once ruled by something called "humans."