Cleaner tosses $14K worth of art
February 21 , 2014
A cleaner at an art exhibition held in Italy didn't realize that pieces of cookies, cardboard and newspaper was part of the display by Sala Murat. She assumed it was trash that was left behind and mistakenly tossed everything.
Security noticed the missing pieces, which had already reached trash collectors. The cleaning firm's rep said the insurance will cover the value of the art estimated to be about $14k.
"It's clear the cleaning person did not realize she had thrown away two works and their value," the marketing commissioner of the city said. "But this is all about the artists who have been able to better interpret the meaning of contemporary art, which is to interact with the environment."