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A 43-year-old man has been criminally charged in connection with breaking a $120,000 glass sculpture at the Tacoma Art Museum. A 43-year-old man has been criminally charged in connection with breaking a $120,000 glass sculpture at the Tacoma Art Museum.
TACOMA, Wash. -

A 43-year-old man has been criminally charged in connection with breaking a $120,000 glass sculpture at the Tacoma Art Museum.
    
The News Tribune reports the man has been charged with one count of first-degree malicious mischief in the Friday incident.
    
Court documents say the man entered a closed exhibit and knocked a Dale Chihuly sculpture titled "Gilded Lavender Ikebana with Lapis Stem and Two Leaves" to the floor, shattering it. Chihuly is a Washington state native known for his colorful, other-worldly glass creations.
    
The man reportedly was stopped by museum staff who confronted him as he headed toward another closed exhibit.
    
Court records show the charged Tacoma man has a history of mental illness. He pleaded not guilty Monday in Superior Court and remains in jail on $20,000 bail.
    
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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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