Does This Single Pineapple Qualify As Art?

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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.

Does This Single Pineapple Qualify As Art?