Remember the kid who climbed on the Donald Judd sculpture at the Tate Modern? Well, her parents have taken to the London Evening Standard to set the record straight. They want the world to know that their daughter, Sissi Belle, was only on the sculpture for a matter of seconds and meant no harm — and that the nine-year-old is “anti-establishment” anyway.
The girl’s parents are Kait Bolongaro and Stuart Trevor, founders of the AllSaints fashion label, although it was actually her aunt and uncle who were watching her in the museum when the faux pas occurred. In their interview with the Standard — which includes, no joke, a photo of the family pointing at little Sissi — Bolongaro and Trevor acknowledge their daughter’s mistake but suggest that it was also unavoidable, given how attractive the Judd piece is:
“It’s not right, but they were just interested. Their only crime was to be seduced by a ladder of jewel-coloured shelving. Sissi has always been anti-establishment but she would never hurt anybody.”
I mean, let’s be honest here: who hasn’t fought the urge to climb all over a “jewel-colored” Judd?
Anyway, this is apparently sort of a thing that the children do, this climbing statues business. Here are some of their conquests:
“There are some beautiful statues that they have climbed, the Henry Moore at Liverpool Street, ones along the South Bank where they are interactive and the Diana Memorial.”
But don’t worry! The kids are morally sound.
“Our children have been to all the museums and all the galleries in London and abroad. They have been all around the world and are extremely intelligent and educated and just happened to slide in the bottom of what looks like a row of shelves.
“They were on it for a matter of seconds, they weren’t climbing all over it.
“Our children are not horrible, they are the most cute and intelligent girls at the top of their class in school and they are obsessed with art. They have the upmost respect.”
You know, I sympathize with Sissi Belle, that anti-establishment nine-year-old. What with museums looking ever more like stores and stores looking ever more like museums these days, it can be difficult to know exactly where you are.
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