Man ate Ksh.12 million ‘work of art’ banana that was taped to a wall


Man ate Ksh.12 million 'work of art' banana that was taped to a wall
The entitled 'Comedian': a banana taped to a wall that went for Ksh. 12.2 million at a Miami art show. PHOTO | CNN

In Summary

  • The banana bound with a sellotape, which was on sale at the Art Basel, was the brainchild of Maurizio Cattelan; who is also famous for his golden toilet sculpture titled ‘America’ valued at $6million (Ksh.611million) that was stolen from the Bleinheim palace in England.

Remember the duct-taped banana that went for a whopping $120,000 (Ksh. 12.2million) at a Miami art show?

Well, somebody ate it!

The banana bound with a sellotape, which was on sale at the Art Basel, was the brainchild of Maurizio Cattelan; who is also famous for his golden toilet sculpture titled ‘America’ valued at $6million (Ksh.611million) that was stolen from the Bleinheim palace in England.

On Saturday, however, a performance artist – amidst a crowd of stunned onlookers taking photos and videos – took the banana off the wall and ate it.

“I really love this installation. It’s very delicious,” wrote David Datuna of his stunt on Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5yJTV4Bka3/?utm_source=ig_embed

The artwork, labeled the entitled “Comedian,” comprised a banana bought in a Miami grocery store and a single piece of duct tape.

According to the gallery behind the sale, as reported by CNN, there were three editions and that two had already sold for around $120,000 (Ksh.12.2 million).

The organizers previously told the media giant that the banana could be replaced if needed but, in a statement released on Sunday, removed the installation altogether over public safety concerns.

“Art Basel collaboratively worked with us to station guards and create uniform lines. However, the installation caused several uncontrollable crowd movements and the placement of the work on our booth compromised the safety of the artwork around us, including that of our neighbors,” read the statement.

Emmanuel Perrotin, founder of the gallery, previously described bananas as a ”a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humor.”

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