Police break into gallery to rescue ‘unconscious’ woman – who turns out to be an art installation | UK News

Police have broken down the doors of a London art gallery to save a woman who fell unconscious on a table – only to find she was made of packing tape and foam padding.

The dead woman they’ve been trying to save is actually an art installation called “Christina” that’s on display at a London gallery.

The work was commissioned by Steve Lazarides, former Banksy agent and dealer behind Laz Emporium.

Mr Lazarides said: “Hannah, who was working in the gallery that day, had just locked the door and went upstairs to make tea.

“She came down to find the door’s hinges off, and two confused cops!”

On the evening of November 25, the Metropolitan Police received a report of a person in “distress” in the gallery.

A police spokesperson told Artnet News: “Police forced their way into the address, where they discovered that the individual was actually a mannequin.”

Image: Laz Emporium
Image: Laz Emporium

The installation depicts a woman in sneakers and a yellow hoodie, lying face forward in a bowl of soup, her face hidden by long blonde hair.

The realistic sculpture was created by American artist Mark Jenkins and is based on Mr Lazarides’ sister.

This apparently isn’t the first time a fixture installed in a gallery window has caused trouble. In October, paramedics were called to assist the woman, Artnet News reported.

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