Pineapple prank is prime exhibit

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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.

Mr Gray said: “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 said: “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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