According to communications director Vance Muse, the Twombly sculpture, Untitled, tumbled to the ground when a visitor backed into it and tripped on the piece's riser. The patron was not injured in the incident, first reported by Robert Boyd on the art blog The Great God Pan is Dead.
The piece, however, may have sustained damage in the fall. "The sculpture now resides in the Menil's on-site conservation laboratory, where it has been stabilized," Muse noted. "We can now await the conservators' evaluation."
Twombly's fragile piece, which dates back to 1954, is constructed of wood, wire, glass, mirrors, wire, wood spoons, oil crayon, house paint and wax, very much in keeping with the artist's body of work.
Fans of the legendary artist can still see many of his works in the Cy Twombly Gallery, located on the Menil campus. Designed by Renzo Piano and opened in 1995, the building solely houses works created by the abstract artist. Twombly passed away in 2011.