Thousands of dollars worth of art was damaged Tuesday morning when a fire sprinkler malfunctioned at the Sacramento Art Complex in Midtown.
The curator, owner and artists were devastated. “That is the one call you never want to hear,” said Robert Ray, the exhibition coordinator and curator.
It’s usually art that attracts the eye when people walk by the Sacramento Art Complex in Midtown, but water coming out of the building was what caught one lady’s eye around 6 a.m.
By the time the fire department came on scene, it was too late for some of the pieces. Six of the thirty studios were affected. Some of the pieces were worth thousands.
It’s unknown how many pieces were damaged or what the total cost of the damage was, but the curator says it doesn’t matter. “The nominal amount is irrelevant when it comes to an emotional, psychological response,” said Ray.
Even artists who had work that weren’t damaged were shaken. Ryan Colditz said, “This is our public space, this is where we do business every day.”
Even though most of the artists will remove their work during the clean-up process, Ray wants them to know he’s not going to leave them hanging. “Whether the artists are personally insured or not we’re going to do everything we can possibly do to help them work toward their recovery,” said Ray.