Child demolishes $15K Lego statue

Posted at 1:04 PM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-02 13:04:49-04

To look but not touch proved to be too much for one young boy at a Lego show in southern China.

Within the first hour of the expo in Ningbo, a young boy pushed over a human-sized sculpture and sent its pieces toppling to the ground, according to state-run CCTV.

The artwork, an intricate statue of a fox named Nick from the animated Disney film “Zootopia,” took three days to create and cost more than $15,000, CCTV said on its Facebook page.

The artist, who CCTV identifies as “Mr. Zhao,” chronicled the experience on social media, posting pictures that showed him building the Lego sculpture brick by brick. The last image shows the sculpture in pieces.

Zhao accepted the parents’ apology for the actions of their son — thought to be 4 or 5 years old — and did not request compensation, according to CCTV.

“The child did not intend to break it,” Zhao said, as quoted by CCTV.

A similar incident happened in May at the Shanghai Museum of Glass, where two children damaged a pair of wings affixed to a glass angel. The artist, who had named the sculpture “Angel is Waiting,” decided to leave the damaged wings as is and renamed the piece “Broken,” CCTV reported.