Student leaves pineapple at exhibition, comes back to see it becoming art

Students claim they managed to pass off a pineapple they bought for £1 at a supermarket as a work of art, after leaving it in the middle of an exhibition at their university,

Ruairi Gray, a business information technology student at Robert Gordon University in Scotland, and his friend Lloyd Jack, reportedly left the fruit at the Look Again exhibition at RGU’s Sir Ian Wood building, hoping that it might be mistaken for art.

When they returned four days later he found that the pineapple had been put inside its own glass display case at the event.

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(Pictured: The students claim they returned to the exhibition to find that the pineapple had been covered by a glass case. Credit: Lloyd Jack)

Gray, 22, said“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.”

Natalie Kerr, a cultural assistant for the festival who organised the display, said she wasn’t the one who included the fruit as an artwork because she is allergic to pineapple.

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(Pictured: One exhibit organiser claimed she was not the one who moved the fruit because she is ‘allergic to pineapple’. Credit: Ruairi Gray)

“We were moving the exhibition, and came back after 10 minutes and it was in this glass case,” she said. “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.”

Source: The Independent