Tate Modern's Innovative Crack

Colombian artist Doris Salcedo thought she was doing good for humanity when she created Shibboleth, an installation consisting of a giant crack that cuts through the pavement in front of London's Tate Modern. The crack, made with concrete and steel mesh, is intended to represent the fragility of the ideologies carrying the Western world. Now she's being sued for her art.

Within the first four weeks of its completion, 15 visitors tripped and fell on the giant crevice.

Perhaps counter to the artist's vision for the piece, none of these visitors made the connection between their injuries and the vulnerability of their ideals. The museum's thinking about covering the crevice with plastic so nobody else will fall in. Image by Tate

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