China artist’s $15,000 Lego artwork destroyed by little boy

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CHINA – A Lego sculpture that took three days to build was smashed to pieces by a Chinese boy within an hour of it being put on display on Sunday (May 29).

Zhao, a young artist from the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou, spent more than 100,000 yuan (RM63,284) on the sculpture of a fox named Nick, from the animated film Zootopia.

It took him three days and nights to build the 1.8m statue, which was put on display at a Lego expo held in Ningbo.

However, it did not stand for long. Within an hour of the expo’s opening, a four-year-old placed his hand on the figure and accidentally pushed it over while posing for a photo.

This was despite the fact that a “no touching” sign was placed near the artwork, and all the sculptures at the exhibition were separated from visitors with ropes.

According to Chinese daily, the child’s parents apologised and wanted to pay for the damage but Zhao refused to accept it, saying the young boy’s actions were unintentional.

“The child did not intend to break it,” he said, according to CCTVNews.

The artist was crushed; his devastation apparent from the photos he uploaded of him creating his masterpiece on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

He also uploaded a photo, which captured the aftermath of the accident, with his intricate sculpture completely reduced to rubble.

Zhao reportedly said: “It took a lot of effort building the sculpture, especially the eyes. I had to change it a lot of times.”

According to BBC News, the hashtag #ManSpends3DaysAndNightsBuildingBlocks has been used over 13,000 times on Chinese social media after the accident.