"Sculpture No. 3" was made of two steel plates, each weighing 5,212 pounds. While it was being assembled, one of the plates fell on a rigger-mover, killing him. His family sued the artist and manufacturer, but the manufacturer was ultimately found to be at fault.
When Alexander Calder's "Orange Discs" (later to be renamed "Five Discs: One Empty") was being installed, a cable snapped, causing a crane to collapse, killing two workers, one of whom was riding the sculpture at the time.
Artist Maurice Agis created large, colorful, inflatable structures for the public to walk through and enjoy.
In 2006, however, one of the inflatable structures, Dreamspace V, tore loose from its moorings with 30 people inside and flew into the air. Agis tried to grab the sculpture to hold it down, but was unsuccessful. Unfortunately, two people were killed when they hit the ground.
Inmate Joseph Segura's girlfriend delivered to him what seemed to be an innocuous gift — a child's painting. Except that it had been painted with crushed-up Suboxone mixed with water. Segura licked the drug off the painting and died of an overdose.
German painter Ekkehard Drefke had announced on his website a forthcoming series called "Venice, Lost Paradise." While taking the photos that were to serve as the basis for the paintings, he tripped and drowned.
Artist Bas Jan Ader planned a three-part performance piece. The first part involved a student choir singing sea shanties around a piano in Los Angeles. The second was to sail across the Atlantic. The third was another song when he reached his destination. He never made it that far; he was lost at sea.
John Jairo Villamil's performance piece, which was about Bogotá, Colombia and his perception of it, involved him tying a garbage bag around his head.
He suffocated and collapsed, but spectators thought that was a part of the piece. He died after spending five days in the ICU. While this seems like a predictable tragedy, he had performed it before without issue.
This 32-foot sculpture was made for the Denver International Airport. Before it was installed, however, a section of the 9,000-pound sculpture fell on its creator, Luis Jiménez, severing an artery in his leg and killing him.