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

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

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).

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.