How we Kiwis suffer for our art
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the art gallery...
Nearly 1000 people a year are injured by artworks, according to figures from the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).
The injuries range from sculptors hurting their fingers to artists slipping on their own paint.
A Christchurch man seriously injured his neck this month while playing on the inflatable artwork Powerslide, installed in the city centre as part of the Scape Public Art festival.
The man spent three days in hospital, but it seems he is far from the only victim of an art attack.
The ACC figures show that 912 people were injured in art-related accidents in 2011 and 959 in 2012. They include:
- "Crush injury to left middle finger while sculpting".
- "Lifting heavy stone sculptures".
- "Hanging painting, fall from ladder".
- "I was painting, spilt some paint and slipped over it when not looking later on".
- "A large picture frame fell on right elbow."
ACC spokeswoman Stephanie Melville said the figures were not definitive because there were probably related claims.
"As Oscar Wilde once said, 'one should either be a work of art or wear a work of art'. Not sure that he meant literally wear it."
Games on the Powerslide artwork, by New Zealand artist David Cross, were suspended for a few days after the man seriously hurt his neck.
Games will continue on the inflatable artwork at the corner of Gloucester and Colombo streets this weekend. Two teams of six people play the game on an inflatable pitch.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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