In a jest that would make Duchamp proud, a Scottish student has placed a pineapple in the middle of an art exhibition, and returned four days later, to found the fruit had been placed in a protective glass case and made part of the art display.
The prankster is Ruairi Gray, a 22 year old business information technology student from Edinburgh. He told the MailOnline, “I saw an empty art display stand and decided to see how long it would stay there for or if people would believe it was art.”
“I came in later and it had been put in a glass case – it’s the funniest thing that has happened all year. My honours supervisor saw it and asked an art lecturer if it was real because he could not believe it.”
The singular prank fooled hundreds of visitors as well as lecturers who unknowingly analyzed and reviewed the tropical fruit to students.
Natalie Kerr, a cultural assistant part of the exhibit’s team told British news outlet The Press and Journal, “It’s a bit of a mystery – the glass is pretty heavy and would need two or three people to move it, we have no idea who did it. But it’s still there now, we decided to keep it because it’s keeping with the playful spirit of this commission.”
The official title of the exhibition was ‘Look Again’, and was held at the Robert Gordon University’s Sir Ian Wood building in Aberdeen. According to the organisers, the display’s objective was to encourage visitors to “look at the places and spaces around us through fresh eyes”
As ridiculous as it seems, this is not the only time art exhibits have suffered pranks that had gone viral on social media. Last year, 17 year old TJ Khayatan left a pair of glasses on the floor of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Soon afterwards visitors began to surround the eyepiece, maintaining a prudent distance from the captivating “work” and even taking pictures.
The teenager said at the time “I can agree that modern art can be a joke sometimes, but art is a way to express our own creativity,”
He added, “Some may interpret it as a joke, some might find great spiritual meaning in it. At the end of the day, I see it as a pleasure for open-minded people and imaginative minds.”
If this kind of mockery is your cup of tea I highly recommend Jonathan Parker’s film from 2009 (Untitled). It’s a hilarious satire of the contemporary art scene starring Adam Goldberg and Marley Shelton.