BERLIN — One man’s work of art is another man’s deadly weapon.
A German dog walker narrowly escaped a tragic end when a coconut fired from a cannon built for an art exhibit whizzed by his head.
Berlin police say the man heard a loud boom as he walked his pooch in an industrial area of Berlin late on March 1, and then saw what appeared to be a coconut zoom past before striking lamp post.
Investigators called to the scene were surprised to find a one-ton, 15-foot long cannon made from the trunk of a palm tree in a nearby lot that was capable of firing objects at high speeds with compressed air.
A 23-year-old artist at the scene said the weapon was actually a work of art and that he and others had been testing it before it was slated to be shipped to the first ever Antarctica Biennale the following day.
Investigators confiscated the cannon instead and prosecutors were determining whether any laws had been broken.
The artist who made the piece, Julian Charriere, had been in New York at the time and told Artnet that he intended to submit the paperwork documenting the cannon’s seizure to the Biennale in its place.
He said the piece was intended “to highlight the importance of international demilitarization agreements, such as the 1959 Antarctic Treaty that suspends sovereign claims, reserving the continent for peaceful scientific inquiry.”