The man who turned a humble pineapple at an Aberdeen university’s art exhibition into a piece of Modern Art has been revealed today.
Today the Evening Express can reveal it was in fact janitor Ian Gray at the university who put the prickly fruit in a display case.
A spokesman for the university said Ian was working at Gray’s School of Art and therefore unavailable for comment.
He said: “We encourage creativity from all of our staff and students and the pineapple display is a great example of this and it was very much in keeping with the playful spirit of the Look Again Festival.
“Hopefully the widespread nature of the story will encourage more people to look again at our city through fresh eyes and join us for next year’s festival.”
The North-east story was picked up by news outlets across the UK and even Europe, with exhibition curators claiming they were just as baffled as everyone else, stating it was nothing to do with them.
Natalie Kerr, a cultural assistant for the festival who organised the display, said: “We were moving the exhibition, and came back after 10 minutes and it was in this glass case. We decided to keep it because it’s in keeping with the playful spirit of this commission.”
It’s not the first time a prank has been played on gallery goers. Last May, teenagers Kevin Nguyen and TJ Khayatan placed a pair of glasses by an official-looking sign at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art.
When people finally realised the teenagers had played a prank, it was declared modern art.
Look Again Visual Art and Design Festival is a celebration of the very best contemporary visual art and design, showcasing both local and internationally acclaimed talent, encouraging its audience to “become a tourist in your own city and take time to look at the spaces and places around us through fresh eyes”.