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Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: A Masterpuddle.

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SAGAL: For tickets and more information: go to wbez.org and you can find a link at our website waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Tom, there was a minor disaster in Berlin's Ostwall Museum. According to officials there, a million dollar art installation was ruined when what happened?

TOM BODETT: It was thrown out by a janitor.


BODETT: Really?

SAGAL: It was actually mopped up by a cleaning lady, but we'll give it to you.


BODETT: I guessed that, wonderful.

SAGAL: Well you guessed correct. The artwork...

BODETT: Why read, you know?

SAGAL: Yeah.



SAGAL: The artwork is called "When It Starts Dripping from the Ceiling" and includes what looks like a puddle of water on the ground. And while some critics describe it as a powerful depiction of man's desire and ultimate failure to contain nature, it really just looks like a muddy spot on the floor.


SAGAL: No word on whether the cleaning woman kept her job, but the work is still on display. Museum officials say at least they now know who is responsible for sabotaging another recent groundbreaking installation called "When the Toilet Overflows."


BODETT: I was touring a modern art museum with a friend years ago, and there was this pile of railroad ties in the middle of this big gallery, just all jackstrawed together. As we're walking towards it, I'm just like going off on what a ridiculous representation of art this is and why do they do this and what does it mean. And we walk up to it and it's called "Tom".



BODETT: Yeah, seriously.


BODETT: So I stood back about six paces and started - I was like, yeah...

SAGAL: Yeah, I could see that.



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