Man Falls into Cartoon Hole

Man Falls into Cartoon Hole at Art Gallery

Porto, Portugal.

There are some news stories that you know you shouldn’t laugh about, but still…
This is probably one of them.

Currently on show at the Serralves Museum in Porto, are various works by the British artist Anish Kapoor.

One piece of artwork in particular regularly leaves visitors baffled.

Titled, Descent into Limbo. The piece is an 8 foot deep hole in the floor of an otherwise empty concrete building, painted in such a way that it appears to have no depth.
Some visitors have been left uncertain if a hole is even there. Or if it’s really just dark paint on the floor.

Nobody needs to doubt the hole’s existence anymore though, after an Italian man in his 60’s fell into the artwork.

Warning signs are in place, but the hole has no barriers stopping any curious visitors from testing the theory that the hole isn’t real.

Man falls into cartoon hole
The exterior of Descent into Limbo. Image Credit: Filipe Braga / Serralves Museum.

The man received hospital treatment after being rescued from the void, but has since been discharged with no major injuries.

The museum has said it is temporarily closing the exhibit to assess what happened.

Just a stab in the dark here, but maybe it’s the fact there’s an 8 foot hole, disguised as not a hole, on the floor, with no barriers around it.
There’s no word yet on how long it’ll take the museum to come to this conclusion itself.

Kapoor is also known as the artist with the exclusive artistic rights to Vantablack. The ultra dark material developed by Surrey NanoSystems.
The carbon nanotubes which make up Vantablack absorb almost all visible light, making it impossible to see curves or depth in an object.

However, Descent into Limbo was designed in 1992. Long before Vantablack’s existence, and instead uses very dark paint to achieve it’s effect.

If you want to go and see the infamous hole yourself, (once it re-opens), Anish Kapoor’s “Works, Thoughts, Experiments” runs until the 6th of January 2019.

It’s the artist’s first major show in Portugal.

Feature Image: Serralves Museum / Youtube.

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