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Visitor falls into Sir Anish Kapoor's Descent into Limbo

Visitor falls into Sir Anish Kapoor's Descent into Limbo”

One museum goer, described as a 60-year-old man from Italy, chose to ignore a host of warning signs saying not to step too close, and actually fell into the hole, injuring himself and the sculpture in the process.

Like a real-life version of a Looney Tunes cartoon, a visitor to a Portuguese museum was injured last week when he stepped into an art installation resembling an inky void.

Descent Into Limbo by Anish Kapoor is a piece of artwork now on exhibit at the Serralves Museum in Porto, Portugal, and is essentially a hole painted black so that it looks flat.

The "Descent into Limbo" has visitors enter a gray building, where they then encounter a 2.5-meter-deep (8-foot-deep) hole.

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However, Descent into Limbo was created 24 years before Vantablack was even announced to the public, instead he made the installation using a dark paint that produces the same black hole effect - so equally making the black hole that bit more daunting to look (or fall) into.

The man was looking at "Descent into Limbo", which is an eight-foot hole that is painted black, so that it appears bottomless. The exhibit already has several signs warning people about the hole as well as a staff member who is present to keep an eye on the visitors. "The visitor has already left the hospital and he is recovering well".

Anish Kapoor stands next to his artwork during the opening of his exhibition Works, Thoughts, Experiments at the Fundação de Serralves in Porto, Portugal, on July 6, 2018. A spokesman told the Art Newspaper that the visitor is "OK [and] nearly ready to return home". And the museum has temporarily closed the installation to improve security and make repairs to the work, per The Times.

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