A student saw an empty art display stand and had a brilliant idea. Ruariri Gray and his friend Lloyd Jack decided to leave a pineapple that they bought for $1 on the stand as a joke.
Their little shenanigan has now been adopted as a work of art.
They came back to the exhibit four days later only to find that the pineapple was covered by a glass case and put on show at the center of the display.
“It’s the funniest thing that has happened all year,” said Gray, one of the pranksters and a business information technology student.
The cultural assistant who organized the displays, Natalie Kerr, denies that she was involved in this situation as she is allergic to pineapple, but she was still light hearted about the situation. “We decided to keep it because it’s keeping with the playful spirit for this commission.”
Lecturers praised this pineapple for “its artistic originality.”
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“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” she told local newspaper Press and Journal. The exhibition, aptly called Look Again, incentivized viewers to “look at the places and spaces around us through fresh eyes” according to the university website. The fruity piece quickly made rounds on social media, garnering thousands of retweets, and was even praised by lecturers for its artistic originality, according to Mail Online. Ruairi, who is in his final year studying business information technology, said he had never considered a career as an artist but that he’s hoping for an honorary degree.
“If anyone wants to buy the masterpiece I am now accepting offers” he jokingly said. The incident recalls a similar prank at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last year when visitors were fooled into thinking that a pair of glasses that had been left on the floor were, in fact, a conceptual art piece.