Cleaning woman in Italy throws out artwork
Posted: February 20, 2014 - 3:58am

ROME (AP) — A cleaning woman in southern Italy has unwittingly thrown away contemporary artworks that were supposed to be part of an exhibition.

Lorenzo Roca, head of the cleaning company, said the woman "was just doing her job" when she thought two artworks were part of trash left behind by those setting up for the show that opened Wednesday in Bari.

Show organizers said one of the works she gave to a city sanitation crew before dawn included pieces of cookies, which were scattered on the floor, as part of an artistic arrangement.

Roca said the cleaning company would use its insurance coverage to pay for the trashed art works, whose value was estimated at 10,000 euros ($13,700).

The Latest

Front PageMan, 74, allegedly raped girl

Naked photo of child on suspect’s lost phone led to arrest, police say

Front PageCarriage house roof burns

Burning debris likely spread, sparked fire in century-old Almedia building, chief says

Front PageBerwick suspect sought in rape

Police: Man, 24, assaulted girl younger than 16

Front PageCalif. father buries wrong man in $20G funeral after ID mix-up

‘Someone else had a beautiful sendoff,’ sister says

Front PageCops: Driver who hit Bloom home drunk at triple legal limit

Impact of Bloom-area man’s pickup jarred resident, forced woman to shelter in hotel