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Someone put a pen on the floor of a national gallery and everyone thought it...
Credit: Facebook, Jack Sim

Someone put a pen on the floor of a national gallery and everyone thought it was art

Friday, April 12, 2019

SINGAPORE — Art can be many things to many people. It can be a rare Picasso, a beautiful dance routine or, as one prankster has proven, a simple pen on the floor of an art gallery.

Jack Sim, who according to his Facebook page is a teaching fellow at Singularity University in California, paid a recent trip to the Singapore National Gallery where he decided to pull off a mini experiment.

He put a pen on the floor in the centre of a black outlined box and it wasn’t long before people stopped to analyze the impromptu ‘exhibit’. Accompanying a photo he posted on Facebook, Sim wrote: “I tried this experiment by putting a pen on the floor. Soon, we’ve got audience wondering how this is a piece of art and they started taking photos of my pen.”

After a while, Sim picked up the pen, making people realize it wasn’t art after all (and leading many to feel pretty foolish, we’re sure).

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Sim’s little stunt is reminiscent of the one pulled off by two teenagers in 2016, who placed a pair of glasses on the floor of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. That, too, was gawked at and photographed, proving that art is very much subjective.

Tags: Art, Funny
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