We’ve heard of art imitating life, but life impersonating art in a bizarre prank that leaves everyone questioning the meaning of art in the first place? That’s always more fun. A couple of wise-guy students at Scotland’s Robert Gordon University decided to prank their school’s in-house art exhibit.
They bought a pineapple for one pound and placed it on a platform in the exhibit to see how long it would take for people to mistake the random fruit for a piece of avant-garde artwork. The answer? Not long. The students told The Daily Mail that when they returned to the exhibit four days later, a glass case had been placed around the pineapple, as if it was always meant to be there.
“It’s the funniest thing that has happened all year,” Ruairi Gray told The Daily Mail. “My honors supervisor saw it and asked an art lecturer if it was real because he could not believe it."
However, Natalie Kerr, a cultural assistant who helped organize the display, said that the pineapple exhibit is still a total mystery. The whole prank occurred over the course of 10 minutes.
“The glass is pretty heavy and would need two or three people to move it, we have no idea who did it,” she said. “But it's still there now, we decided to keep it because it's keeping with the playful spirit of this commission."