In London, the police broke into the gallery, confusing the sculpture with a dead woman
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The gallery of interest to the police belongs to former Banksy agent Steve Lazarides.
Christina, a 2022 work by American artist Mark Jenkins now on display at the Laz Emporium, a gallery on Lexington Street in Soho, London, is so lifelike that it caused a stir with the local police, according to Artnet News.Law enforcement responded to a call from passers-by to the Metropolitan Police Department: in the window of a gallery owned by Steve Lazarides, a former agent of the famous street artist Banksy, people noticed a woman sitting motionless with her head on the table.
Arriving at the indicated address, the law enforcement officers made sure that the woman was not moving, and, after a while, broke into the gallery, because they decided that something bad had happened to her, and she might be in critical condition due to a heart attack or a drug overdose .
“About 20 minutes later, officers broke into the indicated address and discovered that it was a mannequin. The Met is obliged to respond to such calls when it seems that someone is in trouble,” a spokesman for the London police.
Gallery employee Hannah Blakemore, who was on duty that day, went upstairs to drink a cup of tea, and when she went downstairs, she saw that the door had been torn off its hinges, and two confused policemen were standing in the room. The gallery owner was shocked to see men in uniform in a room where various works of art, as well as design and interior items are displayed and sold.
As a result, the “injured” was the sculpture of Jenkins, which was commissioned by the artist Lazaridis. The gallery owner wanted him to capture his sister, who passed out at the table and fell face down into a bowl of soup.
The life-size sculpture depicting a woman with tousled hair, wearing a yellow hoodie and sneakers, was made with packing tape and foam filler. Currently, the work is not for sale, but if the gallery decided to sell it, then its cost would be 18 thousand pounds.
The sculpture, which can be seen publicly through the gallery window, has surprised people before. According to Blakemore, when the work appeared at the London art and design fair Decorex in October, eyewitnesses called an ambulance.
She also added that the officers scolded her for having a sculpture of a man that looks too real.
“The job is to provoke, and she definitely achieves this,” the woman noted.
“Christina” will be in the gallery until December 24, and in anyone can verify its realism.