Police rescue mannequin they take for 'unconscious woman'
"She came down to find the door off its hinges and two confused police officers!"
LONDON (Web Desk) - Police broke down the doors of a London art gallery to save a woman slumped unconscious over a table - only to discover she was made of packing tape and foam filler.
The lifeless woman they had been trying to save was in fact an art installation entitled Kristina which is on display at the London gallery. The work was commissioned by Steve Lazarides, Banksy s former agent and the dealer behind Laz Emporium.
Mr Lazarides said: "Hannah who was working in the gallery that day had just locked up and gone upstairs to make a cup of tea. She came down to find the door off its hinges and two confused police officers!"
London s Metropolitan Police were responding to a call about a "person in distress" at the gallery on the evening of Nov 25. "Officers forced entry to the address, where they uncovered that the person was in fact a mannequin," a police spokesperson told Artnet News.
The installation features a woman wearing trainers and a yellow hoody slumped face forward in a bowl of soup, her long blonde hair concealing her face. The realistic sculpture is by American artist Mark Jenkins and is based on Mr Lazarides sister. This is apparently not the first time the installation, which sits in the gallery window, has caused trouble. In October last, paramedics were called to assist the woman, Artnet News reported.