You’d think that a cleaning woman going the extra mile would earn her a raise, but it may cost her a more than a million dollars.
When a cleaning woman saw a discolored, plastic bowl in Martin Kippenberger’s “When It Starts Dripping From The Ceiling” exhibit at the Ostwall Museum in Berlin, she thought it was a stain and used some elbow grease to get that bowl sparkling. I mean, it’s art and the visitors deserve to see a clean show.
Little did she know that the simple act would ruin a million dollar piece of modern art. The discoloration wasn’t a stain, but the natural discoloration of the bowl caused by water dripping across the wooden planks of the piece. It was the goal of the artist to show how the water would change the color of the bowl.
The cleaning woman did such a good job that experts are saying it is impossible to bring it back to its original state. Adding insult to injury, the piece was on loan to the museum from a private collector. Kippenberger died in 1997, and the owner is deciding whether to try and restore the piece or leave it as it is.
The cleaning service notified employees to stay at least 20 centimeters from the pieces. There has been no word if the cleaning lady or service will be responsible for any damages. The good news is if a discolored bowl is worth a million dollars, then there’s a fortune in art available in college dorm rooms across the nation. Just make sure you recently had a tetanus shot and wear rubber gloves. Some of that discoloration might also be alive, so remember to stick and move.