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Harnessing just the power social media and a strategically placed £1 Pineapple from ASDA, artists Ruairi Gray and Lloyd Jack disguised themselves as Scottish business students as bait for the media.

The elaborate ruse was years in the making.

To create a sense of authenticity meticulously crafted Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts had to be maintained by the artists over a number of years as they planned their elaborate stunt. Amazingly the prank was over a week old before the media finally spotted it! But as to be expected the Daily Mail were first to break the story. Good work lads, magnificent journalism.

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Students leave pineapple in museum, return to find it displayed in glass case as art
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Much Like Beauty, Art Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
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Pineapple left at Aberdeen art show is mistaken for art exhibit
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A student from Aberdeen has done Tracey Emin and the like no favours by leaving a pineapple at an art exhibition as a prank before later discovering it had been mistaken for art. Ruairi Gray, 22, had bought the pineapple as a ‘joke’ but discovered the …


Student leaves pineapple at art exhibition, returns to find it encased in glass
Yahoo News Canada (blog) – ‎2 hours ago‎
Contemporary art can be baffling. When does an everyday object become a work of art? A university student recently discovered an ordinary pineapple can be transformed into a gallery piece simply by placing it within an exhibit, after he did just that.


Pineapple prank becomes part of Aberdeen uni’s art exhibition
Aberdeen Evening Express – ‎3 hours ago‎
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Somebody left a pineapple at an exhibition, people think it’s art
Irish Independent – ‎3 hours ago‎
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Robert Gordon University Students Prank Art Exhibition Into Displaying £1 Pineapple
HuffPost UK – ‎10 hours ago‎
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A pineapple left in an exhibit was mistaken for art
Globalnews.ca – ‎12 hours ago‎
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Pineapple turned into an art exhibit after students jokingly put it on display
BreakingNews.ie – ‎14 hours ago‎
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Scottish Daily Record – ‎16 hours ago
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Aberdeen students go viral after pineapple prank dupes gallery
The Scotsman – ‎18 hours ago‎
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Pineapple left at exhibition by students put in glass case and mistaken for art
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Students left a pineapple at art exhibit and everyone thought it was modern art
AOL – ‎22 hours ago‎
Making fun of modern art will never get old, and nor does it deserve to. Ruiari Gray, a student at Robert Gordon Unversity in Scotland, was recently visiting an exhibition at his school’s gallery when he decided to play a prank with his friends. Gray …


Pineapple jokingly left at exhibition goes on display
STV News – ‎May 8, 2017‎
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Students left a pineapple in the middle of an exhibition and people mistook it for art
The Independent – ‎May 8, 2017‎
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 …


Pineapple sneaked into RGU art exhibition as a prank adopted as work of art
Press and Journal – ‎May 7, 2017‎
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Pineapple left at art show put in glass case in Aberdeen
Daily Mail – ‎May 7, 2017‎
A student who left a pineapple in the middle of an art exhibition as a prank was left shocked after curators put the fruit inside a glass case. Ruairi Gray, 22, left the exotic fruit in the middle of Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University after buying it …


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Students leave pineapple in museum, return to find it displayed in glass case as art

WFLA Published: May 9, 2017, 7:02 am Updated: May 9, 2017, 7:03 am

Ruairi Gray/Twitter
(WFLA) — Students in Scotland are being praised for their brilliant artwork, but it all started as a prank.

Ruairi Gray and his friend Lloyd Jack left a pineapple as an innocent joke in the Robert Gordon Unversity’s art gallery.

Four days later when they returned to the gallery they were surprised to see the gallery thought they created a work of art and encased the pineapple piece in a glass box.

The photos are getting some buzz on social media surrounded their creation of modern art.

So last week we placed a pineapple next to an art display and come in today and RGU have moved it into a glass display case. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/sMzTUlapDQ

— Lloyd Jack (@LloydJack16) May 1, 2017

Students leave pineapple in museum, return to find it displayed in glass case as art


Much Like Beauty, Art Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

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A Scottish business student decided to find out: What is art? He got a pineapple and put it on a museum exhibition table to see if it passed for art. It did. The museum had put a glass case over it.

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Pineapple left in art museum by prankster student is mistaken for art
A pineapple deliberately left inside an art museum was mistaken for a piece of art by staff – and put on display.

Prankster Ruairi Gray, 22, bought the £1 tropical fruit and left it inside the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, as a “joke”.

However, he was stunned to discover that officials had placed the pineapple inside a glass case and put it on display, believing it to be one of the museum’s exhibits.

Hundreds of students and lecturers praised the pineapple piece and it was only discovered to be a prank after TWO DAYS of being on display.

Museum staff mistook the pineapple for a legitimate piece of art (Ruairi Gray/Twitter)
Museum staff mistook the pineapple for a legitimate piece of art (Ruairi Gray/Twitter)
The picture of the pineapple prank has now gone viral and notched up thousands of retweets and likes.

A stunned Ruairi, who is originally from Edinburgh, told 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.

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“My honours supervisor saw it and asked an art lecturer if it was real because he could not believe it.

“He apparently replied: ‘Of course it’s real, you can see what they were trying to do with the top of the pineapple and the glass.’”

Ruairi, who is in his final year studying business information technology, jokingly added of his fruity exhibit: “If anyone wants to buy the masterpiece I am now accepting offers.”

Top pic: Ruairi Gray/Twitter
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Students Prank Museum-Goers By Leaving Pineapple Behind, Return To See It Put In Glass Display

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What seems like a speck of dust to you, will be an exquisite work of art for another. Welcome to the convoluted world of art where people, more often than not, are just plain confused.

To test just how confused people are, two students from Scotland, left a pineapple as an innocent joke at an art gallery.
Four days later when Ruairi Gray and his friend Lloyd Jack, got back to the Robert Gordon University’s art gallery, they were stumped by what they saw.

The pineapple was put into the display case and left for two days. Hundreds of visitors couldn’t stop praising the ‘brilliant’ piece of art.

“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. ” Ruairi Gray told Daily Mail.
When asked about what he thought a lone pineapple could mean, Gray quips, “as the pineapple decayed over time, it represents the inevitable breakdown of all life. F*** knows.”

In a similar incident last year, 17-year-old TJ Khayatan placed an ordinary pair of glasses on a art museum floor to see how people would react . Soon, people huddled around it and started clicking pictures, assuming it was the most exquisite work of art.

This is herd mentality at it’s best!

http://www.indiatimes.com/news/world/students-prank-museum-goers-by-leaving-pineapple-behind-return-to-see-it-put-in-glass-display-321243.html


Someone left a pineapple at an art show and it got mistaken for art

Toby Meyjes for Metro.co.ukTuesday 9 May 2017 10:25 am

Someone left a pineapple at an art show and it got mistaken for art
Art or just a pineapple? (Picture: Facebook/Ruairi Gray)
A student from Aberdeen has done Tracey Emin and the like no favours by leaving a pineapple at an art exhibition as a prank before later discovering it had been mistaken for art.

Ruairi Gray, 22, had bought the pineapple as a ‘joke’ but discovered the next day that it had been put on show in a glass display case in the centre of the exhibition at Robert Gordon University.
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The prank worked so flawlessly that the piece of fruit was apparently on display for six days before it was taken down with the rest of the exhibition.

Ruairi, who is originally from Edinburgh, told metro.co.uk that he had bought the pineapple to tease a friend but was stuck with it after the joke fell on deaf ears.

‘We were stuck with this pineapple, we didn’t know what to do with it, until we saw this empty art display. Our goal was to see how long it would remain there before being removed,’ he said.

Someone left a pineapple at an art show and it got mistaken for art
The fruit was on display for two days (Picture: Facebook/Ruairi Gray)
After placing the pineapple on the empty display stand on a Thursday, the fourth year business and information technology student returned four days later to find it had been put in a glass display box.

‘We were shocked and in disbelief. We didn’t stop laughing for about 10 minutes,’ he continued.
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‘It lasted there until Wednesday evening, until the rest of the display was taken away and it was the last thing left.’

He explained his tutor had been at the exhibition and asked an art lecturer whether the piece was real.

Ruairi said the lecturer replied: ‘Of course it’s real, you can see what they were trying to do with the top of the pineapple and the glass.’

Someone left a pineapple at an art show and it got mistaken for art
Curators eventually realised their mistake (Picture: Facebook/Ruairi Gray)
The art exhibition called Look Again challenged visitors to ‘look at the places and spaces around us through fresh eyes’.

Sally Reaper, Look Again Festival Director said: ‘It’s a bit of a mystery – we really have got no idea who did it. It was very clear to us it was a prank but we have decided to leave it there because it’s in keeping with the playful spirit of our festival.

‘The 2017 festival has been really successful – we had more than 30,000 attendees and we’re already looking forward to next year.’

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Someone left a pineapple at an art show and it got mistaken for art


Student leaves pineapple at art exhibition, returns to find it encased in glass

When a joke accidentally becomes art. Photo from Facebook
When a joke accidentally becomes art. Photo from Facebook
Contemporary art can be baffling. When does an everyday object become a work of art? A university student recently discovered an ordinary pineapple can be transformed into a gallery piece simply by placing it within an exhibit, after he did just that.

Ruairi Gray is a fourth year student at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. In late April, Gray and his friend, Lloyd Jack, bought a pineapple at the supermarket. As a joke, they left the piece of fruit in a campus art exhibition occurring as part of the visual art and design festival “Look Again.”

‘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,” Gray told MailOnline.

The friends returned four days later to discover that the pineapple had been placed under a rectangular glass case. Surprised and pleased at his pineapple’s upgrade from yummy fruit to work of art, Gray photographed the encased fruit and posted it to Facebook.

Organisers of the show claim they don’t know who placed the case over the pineapple, but Press and Journal reports that they’ve decided to keep it in the show.

“It’s still there now,” said Natalie Kerr, an assistant for the festival who organised the display. “We decided to keep it because it’s keeping with the playful spirit of this commission.”

What does Gray think of his new status as a contemporary artist?

“I saw the opportunity to be an artist and took it,” Gray told the RGU Union. “This was the perfect way to end my time at university.”

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/student-leaves-pineapple-art-exhibition-returns-find-encased-glass-183646892.html


Pineapple prank becomes part of Aberdeen uni’s art exhibition

by Reporter,9 May 2017 09:30
A pineapple left at an Aberdeen university exhibition as a prank has now been adopted as a work of art.

Business information technology student Ruairi Gray decided to abandon his fruit at the Look Again exhibition at Robert Gordon University’s Sir Ian Wood building in the hope it would be mistaken for an art piece.

When he returned four days later the 22-year-old was shocked to discover the pineapple had been put inside its own glass display case.

He said: “I’ve got no idea who did it, but it’s the best possible outcome as far as I’m concerned, I couldn’t stop laughing.”
It remains unclear exactly who decided to give the “artwork” such prominence, but the curators of Look Again have kept the fruity piece on show, saying it reflects the “playful” spirit of the artist’s display.

Natalie Kerr, a cultural assistant for the festival who organised the display, denied putting the pineapple in the case, saying she’s allergic to the fruit. She said: “We were moving the exhibition, and came back after 10 minutes and it was in this glass case. It’s a bit of a mystery – the glass is pretty heavy and it would have needed two or three people to move it.”

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/pineapple-prank-becomes-part-aberdeen-unis-art-exhibition/


Somebody left a pineapple at an exhibition, people think it’s art

Aoife KellyMay 9 2017 9:41 AM
The pineapple masquerading as art. PIC: Ruairi Gray/Twitter2
The pineapple masquerading as art. PIC: Ruairi Gray/Twitter
Last year a random pair of glasses were mistaken for art when they were left on the floor of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Now a pineapple is reportedly fooling people in the same way.

Two students placed the £1 pineapple in the middle of an art exhibition at the Robert Gordon University in Scotland.

Ruairi Gray and Lloyd Jack left the fruit there four four days and said that when they returned it had been encased in glass and was posing as an exhibit.

Speaking to MailOnline, Gray 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.

The pineapple masquerading as art. PIC: Lloyd Jack/Twitter2 2
The pineapple masquerading as art. PIC: Lloyd Jack/Twitter
“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.”

An assistant who organised the display said she did not include the pineapple because she has an allergy.

Natalie Kerr told Press & Journal that she came back “after 10 minutes nad it was in this glass case”, something she said was “a bit of a mystery”.

However, she decided to leave it where it was because it was in keeping with the “playful spirit” of the exhibition.

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Robert Gordon University Students Prank Art Exhibition Into Displaying £1 Pineapple

‘I’m hoping for an honorary art degree now’.

Jasmin Gray
A pair of students claim to have tricked experts into believing a pineapple was art after they left the fruit at a gallery in Scotland.

Robert Gordon University undergraduate Ruairi Gray and his friend Lloyd Jack reportedly left a £1 pineapple at the uni’s Look Again exhibition in the hopes of pranking visitors.

But the duo said they were “shocked” when they returned to the gallery days later and found it had been placed in a glass display case.

So last week we placed a pineapple next to an art display and come in today and RGU have moved it into a glass display case. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/sMzTUlapDQ

— Lloyd Jack (@LloydJack16) May 1, 2017
Business information technology student Gray told 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,” the 22-year-old added.

He joked: “Art is never something I had considered but I’m hoping for an honorary degree now.”
Look Again

The prank has gone viral, with more 1,000 people sharing the photos and almost 4,000 liking Lloyd’s tweet.

“Turner Prize nominee?” one social media user joked.

But it is still a mystery who put the pineapple into a display case.

Cultural assistant Natalie Kerr, who organised the Look Again display, told the Press and Journal: “We were moving the exhibition, and came back after 10 minutes and it was in this glass case.”

@LloydJack16 We loved your addition to Pester and Rossi’s Inflato Optical Image Intensifier – see our official statement here: https://t.co/YPdNzaa34n 😉🍍

— Look Again (@LookAgainFest) May 2, 2017
Kerr, who says she is allergic to the fruit, continued: “It’s a bit of a mystery – the glass is pretty heavy, and would need two or three people to move it, we’ve got 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 prank comes a year after someone put a pair of glasses on the floor in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and people genuinely believed it was an art installation.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/robert-gordon-university-students-art-exhibition-pineapple_uk_59102c43e4b0d5d9049da9e5


A pineapple left in an exhibit was mistaken for art

Rebecca Joseph

Ruairi Gray / Facebook
A student at a university in Scotland has become an ironic artist – after leaving a pineapple on a table.

Ruairi Gray, a fourth year business student at Robert Gordon University, showcased his work on Facebook last week, after the pineapple he’d left was encased and displayed as part of a museum exhibit.

“A few days ago, I placed a pineapple next to an art display,” Gray wrote. “Come in today (May 1) and someone from RGU has moved it into a glass display case. Unreal.”
The exhibit, located at the university, was called “Look Again” and was designed to let visitors “look at the places and spaces around us through fresh eyes.”

Natalie Kerr, a cultural assistant for the display, told The Press & Journal they were re-locating an exhibition – when they found the impromptu exhibit.

“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,” she said.

“But it’s still there now, we decided to keep it because it’s keeping with the playful spirit of this commission.”

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As for the artist, he said it was “the best possible outcome,” the Press & Journal report.

“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,” Gray told the Mail Online.

“I was convinced someone would move it but I came in today (Monday) and it had been fully accepted as part of the art display,” he told the RGU student union.

A pineapple left in an exhibit was mistaken for art


Pineapple turned into an art exhibit after students jokingly put it on display

A pineapple has been given a glass display case after students jokingly left it on a plinth at an art exhibit.

Students from Robert Gordon University in Scotland Ruairi Gray and Lloyd Jack reportedly bought the pineapple from Asda for £1 – before leaving the fruit in the Look Again exhibition in the university’s Sir Ian Wood building.

The pineapple
(Lloyd Jack/Twitter)
“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,” Gray, 22, told the Daily Mail.

“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.”

Pineapple in case
(Lloyd Jack/Twitter)
“We sat and watched people walking by trying to work out how the pineapple was art,” said Jack who, along with Gray, is a final year student. “What a way to end university for us.”

The pineapple was reportedly left on display for two days before being removed and pictures of the display have been seen by thousands since the students posted them to social media.

Turner Prize Nominee 😁😁😁

— Cllr Paul Lally (@PaulLally74)
Im sure fruit enthusiasts were very excited to see a pineapple given such reverence

— Vegemite Toast (@VegemiteT)
The pineapple was unavailable for comment, but we’re sure they enjoyed their time in the limelight – or should that be pineapplelight?

http://www.breakingnews.ie/discover/pineapple-turned-into-an-art-exhibit-after-students-jokingly-put-it-on-display-788802.html


Student tricks university modern art exhibit into treating a pineapple as art

May 8, 2017 5:00 pm
Student tricks university modern art exhibit into treating a pineapple as art
A student at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University in Scotland played a prank on his university’s modern art exhibit by leaving a normal pineapple on the exhibit floor, and was shocked to find that event organizers had later put the pineapple in a glass display case.

According to the Daily Mail, Ruairi Gray, 22, a fourth-year Business Information Technology student, reportedly bought the pineapple for 1£ and placed the fruit next to an art display in the Sir Ian Wood building as a “joke.” To Gray’s surprise, the pineapple was put into the display case and left for two days, fooling hundreds of students and a few lecturers who are said to have praised the genius of the work.

The exhibit, titled “Look Again” aimed to have art-goers ‘look at the places and spaces around us through fresh eyes.’

“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,” Ruairi told Daily Mail.

“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,” he continued. “He apparently replied: ‘Of course it’s real, you can see what they were trying to do with the top of the pineapple and the glass.’ “

Asked about the meaning of the work, Ruairi replied, “As the pineapple decayed over time, it represents the inevitable breakdown of all life. F*** knows.”

A similar joke happened last year at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, when 17-year-old TJ Khayatan placed an ordinary pair of glasses on the floor to see if anyone would to treat it as a serious work of art. Museum goers began surrounding the glasses and taking pictures to Khayatan’s amusement.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/05/08/student-tricks-university-modern-art-exhibit-into-treating-a-pineapple-as-art/


Pineapple mistaken for piece of art at Aberdeen gallery following student prank

Aftab Ali
(Credit: @LloydJack16/Twitter)
As the definition of contemporary art continues to divide the public, two cheeky Scottish students have proven it doesn’t take much to become an artist in this day and age.

The Robert Gordon University lads ended up causing a social media frenzy after leaving a pineapple in a gallery at the uni – only for it to be encased and displayed as a legitimate work of art.

Ruairi Gray, a final-year business information technology student at the Aberdeen institution, bought the fruit from Asda for £1 during a break.

Posting images of the fruit in a glass case on display, the 22-year-old wrote on Facebook: “A few days ago, I placed a pineapple next to an art display. Come in today and someone from RGU has moved it into a glass display case. Unreal.”

Evening Times:
His pal Lloyd Jack, 22, also posted images of the display onto Twitter, writing: “So last week we placed a pineapple next to an art display and come in today and RGU have moved it into a glass display case. Amazing.”
Speaking to the students’ union, Ruairi described how he saw the opportunity to be an artist “and took it.”

He added: “I was convinced someone would move it, but I came in Monday and it had been fully accepted as part of the art display.

“This was the perfect way to end my time at university.”

A red-faced curator has since told The Press and Journal it definitely wasn’t her who encased it – because she’s “allergic” to the fruit.

“It’s a bit of a mystery,” she added.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15272978.Cheeky_Scots_students_leave_pineapple_in_art_gallery___only_for_it_to_be_encased_and_put_on_display/


Fruit fool: Scottish students go viral after pineapple stunt cons art gallery

Ruairi Gray and Lloyd Jack put a £1 pineapple on display at a Robert Gordon University exhibition and managed to convince the gallery it was a work of art.
The two students were shocked when they returned to see their pineapple in its own glass case (Photo: @LloydJack16)
Two Scottish students have gone viral after they fooled an art gallery into believing their £1 pineapple was a work of art.

Ruairi Gray, 22, and Lloyd Jack, 22, placed the fruit on display at a Robert Gordon University exhibition and were stunned to find the pineapple had been put in its own glass case when they returned days later.

Mr Gray told 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.

“Art is never something I had considered but I’m hoping for an honorary degree now.”

Photos of the successful stunt posted by Mr Jack on Twitter have now been retweeted over 1000 times:

Several people have congratulated the two students on their contemporary work, with some suggesting they should be nominated for the Turner Prize :

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/fruit-fool-scottish-students-go-10382819


Man leaves pineapple in museum, people think it’s art

David Curran
Rudy Gairi’s pineapple gets the fine art treatment at the Robert Gordon University in Scotland.
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Rudy Gairi’s pineapple gets the fine art treatment at the Robert Gordon University in Scotland.
Is it tropical fruit or is it art?

The big question came up in a Scotland museum recently as a prankster placed a pineapple on an empty display stand, wondering if people would mistake the supermarket fruit for a piece of serious culture.

A few days later, he returned and, surprise!, the fruit had been placed in a glass case.

Ruairi Gray, 22, a business information technology student at Robert Gordon University in Scotland came up with the idea along with his friend Lloyd Jack while checking out an art exhibit at his school.

And when he came back to see it had actually been encased, Gray told the MailOnline, “I was just so shocked that it had been fully accepted as part of the art display.”

The Scotland prank recalls a similar one played in our own San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2016 when a Bay Area teenager placed a pair of glasses on the gallery floor and people gathered round studiously wondering what it all means.

Jay Z may have rapped about Picasso but for one San Francisco teen, a recent trip to the city’s Museum of Modern Art was less than thrilling – so he found a way to make it way more interesting. Angeli Kakade (@angelikakade) has the story.
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Speaking of which, what does Ruairi Gray think his pineapple art is telling us about the human condition. He tells the MailOnline: “As the pineapple decayed over time it represents the inevitable breakdown of all life. F*** knows.”

http://www.sfgate.com/aboutsfgate/article/Man-leaves-pineapple-in-museum-show-people-think-11129800.php


Aberdeen students go viral after pineapple prank dupes gallery

FIONN McCausland 18:51 Monday 08 May 2017
One exhibit organiser claimed she was not the one who moved the fruit because she is ‘allergic to pineapple’. Picture: Ruairi Gray/Twitter
One exhibit organiser claimed she was not the one who moved the fruit because she is ‘allergic to pineapple’. Picture: Ruairi Gray/Twitter
Two Aberdeen students caused a social media storm after they appeared to successfully pass off a pineapple as a piece of art at a gallery.
Ruairi Gray, 22, and friend Lloyd Jack, 22 put the £1 fruit on display at a Robert Gordon University exhibition to trick people into believing that it was a work of art.
The duo were then “shocked” when they returned a couple of days later to find their pineapple had been moved into a glass display case.

Mr Gray told 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

“Art is never something I had considered but I’m hoping for an honorary degree now,” Mr Gray, a Business Information student joked.

The prank has gained much attention online with over 1,000 people sharing the photos and over 4,000 liking Mr Jack’s tweet.

Natalie Kerr, who organised the Look Again exhibition, told the Press and the Journal, “we were moving the exhibition, and came back after ten minutes and it was in this glass case.

“It’s a bit of a mystery, the glass is pretty heavy and would need two or three people to move it,” said the cultural assistant, who claims to be allergic to the fruit.

Ms Kerr added: “It’s still there now – we decided to keep it because it’s keeping with the playful spirit of this commission.”

http://www.scotsman.com/news/odd/aberdeen-students-go-viral-after-pineapple-prank-dupes-gallery-1-4440422


Pineapple left at exhibition by students put in glass case and mistaken for art

Jonathan Mitchella day ago
Students who left a pineapple in the middle of an art exhibition “as a joke” were amazed to return to find the fruit on show in a glass case.

Ruairi Gray, 22, and his friend Lloyd Jack left the pineapple in the middle of Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University having bought it from a supermarket for £1.

They returned four days later to find that the fruit had become part of the exhibition and encased in a glass display.

A picture of the pineapple on display has since gone viral and has been shared thousands of times.

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The pineapple was placed in a glass case (Lloyd Jack)

Mr Gray told the Mail Online: “I saw an empty art display stand and desided 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.”

Natalie Kerr, a cultural assistant for the festival who organised the display, said it was a “mystery” who put the pineapple in the case.

Officials have since removed the exhibition after releasing the mistake.

Ms Kerr told the Press & Journal: “My honours supervisor saw it and asked an art lecturer if it was real because he could not believe it.

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

“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.”

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http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/pineapple-left-at-exhibition-by-students-put-in-glass-case-and-mistook-for-art-a3533796.html


Pineapple left at exhibit, mistaken for work of art

If visual art is all about context, then two student pranksters can now claim their “Pineapple on a Pedestal” is the hottest new installation at their university gallery.
Josh Elliott, CTVNews.ca – May 8

If visual art is all about context, then two student pranksters can now claim their “Pineapple on a Pedestal” is the hottest new installation at their university gallery.

Ruairi Gray and his friend Lloyd Jack have confessed to pranking curators at the Robert Gordon University art gallery, by leaving a pineapple on a vacant display case in a room dedicated to visual art. Staff at the gallery in Aberdeen, Scotland, apparently mistook the pineapple for an installation and placed it under glass, making it part of the exhibit.

Jack says he and Gray pulled the prank on Apr. 28, and returned on May 1 to find the pineapple enshrined in a display case. “RGU have moved it into a glass display case,” Jack tweeted. “Amazing.”

So last week we placed a pineapple next to an art display and come in today and RGU have moved it into a glass display case. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/sMzTUlapDQ

— Lloyd Jack (@LloydJack16) May 1, 2017
“A few days ago, I placed a pineapple next to an art display,” Gray wrote in a Facebook post. “Come in today and someone from RGU has moved it into a glass display case. Unreal.”

The pineapple was mistaken for part of the gallery’s Look Again: Visual Art and Design Festival.

A festival organizer told the Press and Journal Chronicle that curators decided to keep the fruit, “because it’s keeping with the playful spirit of this commission.”

The festival retweeted Jack’s boast about the prank, saying: “Look Again Festival – making stuff happen.”

More on this story from CTVNews.ca

http://www.theloop.ca/ctvnews/pineapple-left-at-exhibit-mistaken-for-work-of-art/


Students left a pineapple in the middle of an exhibition and everyone thought it was real modern art

Pineapple Art
Two students managed to sneak a pineapple into an art exhibition in Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University after staff mistook the fruit for a piece of art.

Lloyd Jack and Ruairi Gray left the pineapple in the ‘Look Again’ exhibition in the vain hope that someone would think it was art and were beyond surprised to return four days later and see that not only had that happened, but a glass case had been placed around it.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Gray 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.”
Gray, who is studying business IT added: “Art is never something I had considered but I’m hoping for an honourary degree now. If anyone wants to buy the masterpiece I am now accepting offers.”

Asked about the meaning of the whole thing, he took the artistic route again and said: “As the pineapple decayed over time it represents the inevitable breakdown of all life. F*** knows.”

Via Daily Mail

http://entertainment.ie/trending/news/Students-left-a-pineapple-in-the-middle-of-an-exhibition-and-everyone-thought-it-was-real-modern-art/393131.htm


When A Pineapple Was Left In The Middle Of An Art Exhibition People Naturally Thought It Was ‘Art’

Stacey Ritzen
Everyone knows that art is subjective, and that, say, one man’s urinal may be another man’s masterpiece. Or that one man’s pineapple may be … Well, still just an actual pineapple, in the case of 22-year-old Ruairi Gray, a student at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. But for a few days, a perfectly ordinary pineapple masqueraded as something more when Gray and his friends left one in the middle of a university art exhibition as a joke, only to come back a few days later to find it moved to a glass display, as you can see in the above photos.

Gray later told The Daily Mail that he was shocked to see his pineapple as part of the “Look Around” exhibit, which supposedly challenges visitors to “look at the places and spaces around us through fresh eyes.”

‘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.’ He apparently replied: “Of course it’s real, you can see what they were trying to do with the top of the pineapple and the glass.”

‘If anyone wants to buy the masterpiece I am now accepting offers.’ Asked about the meaning of the work, like a true artist he joked: ‘As the pineapple decayed over time it represents the inevitable breakdown of all life. F*** knows.’

If anyone is wondering, Gray is not actually an art major but in his final year studying business information technology, although he says he’s hoping the stunt will earn him an honorary degree. And they may as well, with all the attention the university is getting from it.

(Via Daily Mail)

When A Pineapple Was Left In The Middle Of An Art Exhibition People Naturally Thought It Was ‘Art’


Does This Single Pineapple Qualify As Art?

Chris Crowley May 8, 2017 9:47 am
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Food? Art? Both? Photo: Ruairi Gray
Ever since the first fistfight broke out over foraged ramps, culinary snobs have asked themselves: Is food art? If one student’s story is to be believed, then Scotland’s Robert Gordon University has weighed in on the conversation with a resounding yes. Ruairi Gray says that he left a pineapple at a university art exhibition called Look Again, and when he returned four days later, he found the tropical fruit inside a glass display case.

He tells the Independent that he wanted to see “how long it would stay there for or if people would believe it was art,” though it’s not exactly clear how the pineapple wound up in the case. One of the organizers, Natalie Kerr, says it couldn’t have been her because she’s allergic to pineapple, but she believes it had to be a conspiracy because moving the glass requires two or three people. It’s not clear whether anyone has questioned the pineapple itself about its motivations.

http://www.grubstreet.com/article/pineapple-art-exhibition.html


Students left a pineapple at art exhibit and everyone thought it was modern art

Making fun of modern art will never get old, and nor does it deserve to.

Ruiari Gray, a student at Robert Gordon Unversity in Scotland, was recently visiting an exhibition at his school’s gallery when he decided to play a prank with his friends. Gray purposefully left a pineapple in the middle of the exhibit and hoped people would think it was art.

You can complete the rest of the story.

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Four days later, Gray returned to find that his pineapple was now encased in a glass box, forever memorialized as 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 honors supervisor saw it and asked an art lecturer if it was real because he could not believe it,” Gray told The Daily Mail.

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It’s unclear who moved the pineapple into the case or what motivated them. A curator for the event reported that the glass was actually quite heavy, so it would have taken a considerable effort.

And to be fair, pineapples are one of the top ranked fruits in the world, according to my highly unofficial estimate. They are delightfully juicy and best served in heavy fructose corn syrup in a miniature Dole fruit cup.

Cut correctly, they’re an absolute work of modern art.

https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2017/05/08/students-left-a-pineapple-at-art-exhibit-and-everyone-thought-it/22075432/


Pineapple jokingly left at exhibition goes on display

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Art: Abandoned pineapple put inside glass display case.
Art: Abandoned pineapple put inside glass display case. Ruairi Gray
A pineapple jokingly placed on a table in an art exhibition has been put inside a glass display case by curators.

Robert Gordon University (RGU) student Ruairi Gray abandoned the piece of fruit at the Look Again exhibition as a prank.

When he returned to the building a few days later on Monday, May 1, he found a glass case had been placed around the pineapple and it had been kept among the artworks.

The Look Again Visual Art and Design Festival, based at RGU, is described as “a celebration of the very best contemporary visual art and design, showcasing both local and internationally acclaimed talent in Aberdeen.”

Mr Gray, 22, told his student union magazine: “I saw the opportunity to be an artist and took it.”

“I was convinced someone would move it but I came in today (Monday) and it had been fully accepted as part of the art display.”

The business information technology student continued: “This was the perfect way to end my time at university”.

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https://stv.tv/news/north/1387916-pineapple-prank-goes-on-display-at-art-exhibition/


Students left a pineapple in the middle of an exhibition and people mistook it for art

Roisin O’ConnorMonday 8 May 2017 13:02 BST
Incident recalls a prank last year where a pair of glasses was mistaken for an exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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One exhibit organiser claimed she was not the one who moved the fruit because she is ‘allergic to pineapple’ Ruairi Gray/Twitter
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.

Gray, 22, 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.

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The students claim they returned to the exhibition to find that the pineapple had been covered by a glass case (Lloyd Jack/Twitter)
“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.”

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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.

“We were moving the exhibition, and came back after 10 minutes and it was in this glass case,” she told the Press & 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 incident recalls a similar prank last year when a 17-year-old placed a pair of glasses on the floor at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Apparently unimpressed with some of the work on display and wanting to test the theory that people will try to interpret any object provided it is in a gallery setting, TJ Khayatan placed the glasses on the floor and walked away.

Soon after, visitors to the gallery surrounded them and began taking pictures.

Man ignores museum rules, touches priceless clock, it smashes to pieces
Khayatan, who had previous success with a baseball cap and a bin, was keen to defend modern art despite the joke.

“I can agree that modern art can be a joke sometimes, but art is a way to express our creativity,” he said at the time.

“Some may interpret it as a joke, some may 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.”

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Pineapple sneaked into RGU art exhibition as a prank adopted as work of art

by Kieran Beattie
The fruit is still on display.
The fruit is still on display.
A pineapple that was left in a Robert Gordon University art exhibition as a prank has now been adopted as a work of art.

Business information technology student, Ruairi Gray, decided to abandon his fruit at the Look Again exhibition at RGU’s Sir Ian Wood building, in the hope it would be mistaken for an art piece.

But when he returned four days later, the 22-year-old was shocked to discover the pineapple had been put inside its very own glass display case at the event.

It remains unclear exactly who decided to give the “artwork” such prominence, but the curators of Look Again have kept the fruity piece on display, saying it reflects the “playful” spirit of the artist’s display.

Mr Gray said: “When we came in last Monday morning, someone had put it under glass and made it part of the display.

“I’ve got no idea who did it, but it’s the best possible outcome as far as I’m concerned, I couldn’t stop laughing.”

Natalie Kerr, a cultural assistant for the festival who organised the display, denied putting the pineapple in the case on very good grounds. Namely: she’s allergic to these fruit items.

it couldn’t have been her because she is allergic “We were moving the exhibition, and came back after 10 minutes and it was in this glass case.

“It’s a bit of a mystery – the glass is pretty heavy, and would need two or three people to move it, we’ve got 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.

“A theme of next year’s festival is young people and play, so this puts us in good stead.

“The 2017 festival has been really successful – we had more than 30,000 attendees, so we’re already looking forward to next year.”

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1239110/pineapple-sneaked-into-rgu-art-exhibition-as-a-prank-adopted-as-work-of-art/


Student who left a pineapple in the middle of an art exhibition as a prank is left shocked after bungling curators put it inside a glass case

A student who left a pineapple in the middle of an art exhibition as a prank was left shocked after curators put the fruit inside a glass case.

Ruairi Gray, 22, left the exotic fruit in the middle of Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University after buying it for £1 as a ‘joke’ and the next day it was put on show at the centre of the display.

Red-faced officials removed the pineapple after realising their mistake – but it had already been on display for two days fooling hundreds of students as well as lecturers who are said to have praised the genius of the work.

The pineapple was put in a glass case at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen after being left in the middle of an art exhibition as a prank by a student
The pineapple was put in a glass case at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen after being left in the middle of an art exhibition as a prank by a student

Red-faced officials removed the pineapple after realising their mistake
It had already been on display for two days by the time it was removed – fooling hundreds of students
Red-faced officials removed the pineapple after realising their mistake – but it had already been on display for two days fooling hundreds of students

Now a picture of the hilarious pineapple prank has gone viral racking up thousands of retweets.

Ruairi, who is originally from Edinburgh, told MailOnline: ‘I saw an empty art display stand and desided 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.

Ruairi Gray, 22, pictured, left the exotic fruit in the middle of Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University after buying it as a ‘joke’
Ruairi Gray, 22, pictured, left the exotic fruit in the middle of Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University after buying it as a ‘joke’

Ruairi told MailOnline: ‘I was just so shocked that it had been fully accepted as part of the art display.’ The pineapple is pictured on show in its glass case
Ruairi told MailOnline: ‘I was just so shocked that it had been fully accepted as part of the art display.’ The pineapple is pictured on show in its glass case

‘He apparently replied: “Of course it’s real, you can see what they were trying to do with the top of the pineapple and the glass.”

‘I was just so shocked that it had been fully accepted as part of the art display.’

The art exhibition was called Look Again and aimed to let visitors ‘look at the places and spaces around us through fresh eyes’.

But the curators had never expected that an impromptu piece of art would become a part of the show.

Like a true artist Ruairi joked that the pineapple represents the inevitable breakdown of all life’ before adding: ‘F*** knows’
Like a true artist Ruairi joked that the pineapple represents the inevitable breakdown of all life’ before adding: ‘F*** knows’

Ruairi, who is in his final year studying business information technology, added: ‘Art is never something I had considered but I’m hoping for an honorary degree now.

‘If anyone wants to buy the masterpiece I am now accepting offers. ‘

Asked about the meaning of the work, like a true artist he joked: ‘As the pineapple decayed over time it represents the inevitable breakdown of all life. F*** knows.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4482156/Pineapple-left-art-prank-glass-case.html


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Someone Left A Pineapple At An Exhibition And People Thought It Was Art
Esquire.co.uk – ‎40 minutes ago‎
What constitutes ‘art’? It’s a question that has plagued history’s greatest thinkers – and anyone who’s ever had a perma-baffled traipse around the Tate Modern will know that it often produces very different answers. But this is by far the funniest one …


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May 9, 2017

What constitutes ‘art’? It’s a question that has plagued history’s greatest thinkers – and anyone who’s ever had a perma-baffled traipse around the Tate Modern will know that it often produces very different answers.

But this is by far the funniest one.

A student in Aberdeen left a pineapple on an empty display stand in the centre of an art exhibition at Robert Gordon University, and when he came back almost a week later he found that the discarded fruit had been mistaken for a legitimate piece of art.

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Ruairi, 22, who is from Edinburgh, told Metro that he originally brought the pineapple to tease a friend, but left it after the joke flopped.
“We were stuck with this pineapple, we didn’t know what to do with it, until we saw this empty art display. Our goal was to see how long it would remain there before being removed,” he said.

He left it on a vacant stand on a Thursday, and returned four days later to find that it been placed under a glass display box.

“We were shocked and in disbelief. We didn’t stop laughing for about 10 minutes,’ he continued.

“It lasted there until Wednesday evening, until the rest of the display was taken away and it was the last thing left.”

Now that’s art.

http://www.esquire.co.uk/culture/news/a14781/someone-left-a-pineapple-at-an-exhibition-and-people-thought-it-was-art/


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Prank turns pineapple into modern art
My Fox Boston – ‎4 hours ago‎
A college prank has established that a pineapple, in the right setting, can be considered a work of art. Ruairi Gray, a business information technology student at Robert Gordon University in Scotland, and Lloyd Jack, set up the prickly fruit at the …


People Really Thought This Mysterious Discarded Prank Pineapple Was a Piece of Art
TIME – ‎6 hours ago‎
Art is in the eye of the beholder. That was certainly the case at a recent art show at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland over the weekend, when one mischievous student left a random pineapple on an empty display stand to see what would …


Student Leaves Random Pineapple in Exhibit; People Mistake it for Art
The Daily Meal – ‎6 hours ago‎
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 …


Students Just Tricked People Into Thinking A Pineapple Is Modern Art
GOOD Magazine – ‎7 hours ago‎
What is modern art? Apparently, according to one confused curator in Scotland, a pineapple. Robert Gordon University students Ruairi Gray and Lloyd Jack expanded the definition of modern art (if only for a couple days) after they placed the spikey …


A pineapple is mistaken for art in a gallery
Sunday World – ‎7 hours ago‎
A student named Ruairi Gray decided to play a prank and neatly positioned the tropical fruit in the middle of an art exhibition at Robert Gordon University, only to find it had been placed in a glass display case the next day. And according to the …


Left over pineapple becomes a piece of art
Jacaranda FM – ‎8 hours ago‎
Social media is a buzz with a piece of art that was created in the strangest way. Scottish students Ruairi Gray and his friend Lloyd Jack are being praised for their work of art that started off as a prank. The pair left a pineapple for four days in a …


Students leave £1 pineapple behind – return four days later to find something completely ridiculous
Mirror.co.uk – ‎9 hours ago‎
Ruairi Gray and pal Lloyd Jack decided to plant the £1 fruit, which they’d earlier bought at a local supermarket, at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University “as a joke”. The pair left the pineapple on an empty white plinth. Around it, genuine works of art …


Students Leave a Pineapple In a Museum, Everyone Mistakes It for Art
Heat Street – ‎10 hours ago‎
A pineapple that was left in the middle of an art exhibition by two students at a Scottish university has now been “adopted” as a work of art. Ruairi Gray, 22, and his friend Lloyd Jack, left the exotic fruit they had bought in a supermarket for £1 on …


Pineapple gets own display at art exhibit after pranksters leave it on empty podium
Daily Sabah – ‎11 hours ago‎
A pineapple has been given its own glass display case at an art exhibit in Scotland, after two pranksters left the fruit at a podium hoping gallery visitors would perceive it as an art piece. The pranksters, who were later identified as students Ruairi …


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Prank turns pineapple into modern art

May 9, 2017 – 10:16 AM
by: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated:

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A college prank has established that a pineapple, in the right setting, can be considered a work of art.

Ruairi Gray, a business information technology student at Robert Gordon University in Scotland, and Lloyd Jack, set up the prickly fruit at the “Look Again” exhibition at the school in an attempt to convince patrons that it is art.

It worked.

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“I came in later and it had been put in a glass case. It’s the funniest thing that has happened all year,” 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.”

Gray purchased the pineapple as a joke for a little more than $1. Hundreds of students as well as instructors, who praised its genius, viewed it as art.

“Art is never something I had considered, but I’m hoping for an honorary degree now,” Gray said. “’If anyone wants to buy the masterpiece, I am now accepting offers.”

So last week we placed a pineapple next to an art display and come in today and RGU have moved it into a glass display case. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/sMzTUlapDQ

— Lloyd Jack (@LloydJack16) May 1, 2017
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People Really Thought This Mysterious Discarded Prank Pineapple Was a Piece of Art

Art is in the eye of the beholder. That was certainly the case at a recent art show at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland over the weekend, when one mischievous student left a random pineapple on an empty display stand to see what would happen, as a prank. Lo and behold, a few days later curators of the festival — aptly entitled “Look Again” — had decided that the spiky fruit deserved its spot on a slab, even going so far as to enclose it in a glass case.
“We were shocked and in disbelief. We didn’t stop laughing for about 10 minutes,” the mastermind behind the mischief, business information technology student Ruairi Gray, told Metro UK. He documented his activities on his Facebook, first posting a snap of the lonely pineapple placed on an empty stand. “I made art,” he said. The next images show the fruit inside its glass encasement, officially co-opted into the exhibition’s display. He added that his tutor had visited the show and asked about the pineapple, only to be told by a an art lecturer not to question the exhibit. “Of course it’s real, you can see what they were trying to do with the top of the pineapple and the glass,” the tutor was apparently reminded.
And this wasn’t just a casual student exhibition; the show’s director Sally Reaper said there were 30,000 visitors to the festival. She added that it was a “bit of a mystery” how the pineapple ended in the case, but they were in on the joke all along. “It was very clear to us it was a prank, but we have decided to leave it there because it’s in keeping with the playful spirit of our festival,” she explained.

http://time.com/4772143/pineapple-art-prank/


Student Leaves Random Pineapple in Exhibit; People Mistake it for Art

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.

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“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.”

https://www.thedailymeal.com/news/eat/student-leaves-random-pineapple-exhibit-people-mistake-it-art/050917


Students Just Tricked People Into Thinking A Pineapple Is Modern Art

by Kate Ryan
Image via Lloyd Jack/Twitter

What is modern art? Apparently, according to one confused curator in Scotland, a pineapple. Robert Gordon University students Ruairi Gray and Lloyd Jack expanded the definition of modern art (if only for a couple days) after they placed the spikey fruit on an empty stand at the Look Again exhibition at their school recently. In an interview with Daily Mail, Gray explained, “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.”
When he and his friends returned to the exhibition later that day, they saw it’d been placed under a glass case, which one curator noted would have been a big effort considering the substantial weight of the case. “It’s the funniest thing that has happened all year,” Gray told Daily Mail. “My honors supervisor saw it and asked an art lecturer if it was real because he could not believe it.”

Jack, who’s studying business information technology at Robert Gordon University in Scotland, told GOOD he and his friends didn’t hear any of the commentary of passersby, but took a seat and watched the confused patrons attempt to figure out the meaning of the display. He has a rather evolved opinion about what qualifies as modern art. “Fine art is visualizing an opportunity for greatness and pursuing it with all your power, not stopping at anything,” he says.

The team of students originally had a much less complicated intention for the fruit, as described in their statement to Mashable:

“Well originally my friend Ruairi Gray bought it as a joke for one of his friends who is allergic to pineapples, but after he didn’t find the joke funny in the slightest we didn’t really know what to do with it. So walking past the festival we placed it next to some exhibits to see how long it would stay before someone took it, next thing we know it’s been placed in a glass case and we couldn’t believe it.”

While it’s still unclear who encased the pineapple or why, or even whether or not the piece should officially be defined as art, spectators moving through the space certainly seemed to enjoy the exhibit, says Jack.

https://education.good.is/articles/pineapple-fine-art-prank


A pineapple is mistaken for art in a gallery

A pineapple is mistaken for art in a gallery
A student named Ruairi Gray decided to play a prank and neatly positioned the tropical fruit in the middle of an art exhibition at Robert Gordon University, only to find it had been placed in a glass display case the next day.

And according to the Metro Online, the pineapple was part of a ploy to trick his friend, which soon escalated into a bid to fool staff as well as art enthusiasts that it was an innovative creation instead, and to see how long it would remain in the gallery for.

Ruairi said: “We were stuck with this pineapple, we didn’t know what to do with it, until we saw this empty art display. Our goal was to see how long it would remain there before being removed.”

And the 22-year-old was surprised to discover after almost one week the food item had not been removed.

He continued: “We were shocked and in disbelief. We didn’t stop laughing for about 10 minutes.

“It lasted there until Wednesday evening, until the rest of the display was taken away and it was the last thing left.”

However the Look Again Festival director, Sally Reaper, knew the placing of the pineapple was a prank and chose not to remove it.

She said: “It’s a bit of a mystery – we really have got no idea who did it. It was very clear to us it was a prank but we have decided to leave it there because it’s in keeping with the playful spirit of our festival.”

https://www.sundayworld.com/entertainment/trending/a-pineapple-is-mistaken-for-art-in-a-gallery


Left over pineapple becomes a piece of art

May 9, 2017, 5:21 p.m.
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Twitter
Social media is a buzz with a piece of art that was created in the strangest way.

Scottish students Ruairi Gray and his friend Lloyd Jack are being praised for their work of art that started off as a prank.

The pair left a pineapple for four days in a gallery and returned to find it encased piece in a glass box.

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Just goes to show that you don’t have to be able to create traditional forms of art to be considered and artist.

https://www.jacarandafm.com/shows/the-martin-bester-drive/left-over-pineapple-becomes-piece-art/


Students leave £1 pineapple behind – return four days later to find something completely ridiculous

Two students from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen had bought a £1 pineapple at a local supermarket
(Photo: @LloydJack16/Twitter)
Two students left a pineapple in the middle of an art exhibition.

Ruairi Gray and pal Lloyd Jack decided to plant the £1 fruit, which they’d earlier bought at a local supermarket, at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University “as a joke”.

The pair left the pineapple on an empty white plinth. Around it, genuine works of art had been hung on walls, and put on show elsewhere.

When Ruairi and Lloyd came back four days later, the food had been proudly put inside a transparent display box. Curators, it appeared, had mistaken it for a piece.

“I saw an empty art display stand and desided to see how long it would stay there for or if people would believe it was art,” Ruairi told the Mail .

“I came in later and it had been put in a glass case – it’s the funniest thing that has happened all year.”

Natalie Kerr, a cultural assistant for the university art festival and who organised the display, said the situation was a “mystery” – nobody knows who put the pineapple in a box.

Natalie told the Press & Journal : “My honours supervisor saw it and asked an art lecturer if it was real because he could not believe it.

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

“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.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/students-leave-1-pineapple-behind-10387732


Students Leave a Pineapple In a Museum, Everyone Mistakes It for Art

A pineapple that was left in the middle of an art exhibition by two students at a Scottish university has now been “adopted” as a work of art.

Ruairi Gray, 22, and his friend Lloyd Jack, left the exotic fruit they had bought in a supermarket for £1 on a stand at the Look Again exhibition at Robert Gordon University (RGU) as a “joke.”

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Ruiri Gray put a pineapple on a display stand as a joke before tweeting this picture. (Lloyd Jack/Twitter)
To their surprise, when the two friends later returned to the exhibition four days later, the pineapple had been covered by a glass case and put on show at the center of the display.

Gray, a business information technology student, 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 honors supervisor saw it and asked an art lecturer if it was real because he could not believe it.”

It remains unclear who had the curatorial chutzpah to elevate this lonely fruit to the status of art piece. Natalie Kerr, a cultural assistant for the festival who organized the display, denies an involvement as she is allergic to pineapple.

“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.
The glasses left on the floor of a gallery in the San Francisco Art Museum. Source: Twitter: @TJCruda
TJ Khayatan, a 17-year-old from the Bay Area, was walking around an exhibition at the museum, apparently unimpressed by the art on display, when he decided to decided to place the glasses on the floor facing the room and walk away to see how people would react.
Soon enough, people started forming a circle around the binoculars and taking pictures of the “work.”

The prank sent many on Twitter into hysterics and gave others ample opportunity to vent their frustration about contemporary art, which seemed for a number of commenters to amount to pretty much anything splotched with paint and placed prominently on display.

But Khayatan himself was quick to defend art: “I can agree that modern art can be a joke sometimes, but art is a way to express our creativity,” he said at the time.

Museum curators, too, took the intervention in good humor, referencing pioneering French artist Marchel Duchamp, known for challenging long-held conventions about what art “is” in their response to Khayatan’s tweet.

@TJCruda Do we have a Marcel Duchamp in our midst? https://t.co/07g2VAwAod

— SFMOMA (@SFMOMA) May 26, 2016

https://heatst.com/world/students-leave-a-pineapple-in-a-museum-everyone-mistakes-it-for-art/


Pineapple gets own display at art exhibit after pranksters leave it on empty podium

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 18 hours ago
Pineapple gets own display at art exhibit after pranksters leave it on empty podium
A pineapple has been given its own glass display case at an art exhibit in Scotland, after two pranksters left the fruit at a podium hoping gallery visitors would perceive it as an art piece.

The pranksters, who were later identified as students Ruairi Gray and Lloyd Jack from the Robert Gordon University, reportedly bought the “art piece” for £1, aiming to trick experts at the university’s Look Again exhibition.

“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,” Gray, one of the pranksters, told the Daily Mail.

“I came in later and it had been put in a glass case – it’s the funniest thing that has happened all year,” the 22-year old business information technology student added, joking that he was now hoping for honorary degree in arts.

Gary’s partner in crime Lloyd Jack said that the two returned to the gallery days later to watch “people walking by trying to work out how the pineapple was art.”

The prank also went viral after the students shared their success on social media accounts, receiving thousands of likes.

According to the Press and Journal, it remained a mystery who placed the fruit into a glass display.

Cultural assistant Natalie Kerr, one of the organizers of the Look Again display, said that the fruit must have been placed in the display while moving the exhibition.

The exhibition decided to keep the piece on display after realizing it was part of a prank as it was in harmony with the “playful spirit” of the commission.

Last year a pair of glasses left on the floor in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art went viral after people genuinely believed it was part of the exhibition.

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