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Would You Pay INR 5 Lakh For A Pickle Stuck To A Ceiling?

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

If you’re a messy eater, pay attention. Your next big food disaster can actually help you earn a fortune. Don’t believe us? Take inspiration from Australian artist Matthew Griffin, whose recent ‘artwork’ has been priced at nearly INR 5 Lakh.

Griffin’s artwork ‘Pickle’ comprises an actual pickle that he took from a McDonald’s hamburger and threw at the ceiling of a New Zealand gallery. Why? you ask, Because art, we guess?

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The Michael Lett Gallery in Auckland displayed Griffin’s ‘Pickle’ till the end of July for interested buyers, and for anybody who wants to see a lone piece of pickle sticking to a ceiling. According to The Guardian, the pickle is clinging to the ceiling with no extra assistance but the assorted sauces from the burger it was placed in and its own stickiness, making the ‘artwork’ and its exorbitant price tag even more confusing.

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The materials listed for the artwork include all the ingredients of the hamburger, including everything that went in to make the beef patty and buns too.

But the ridiculousness of it all doesn’t end here.

If the gallery somehow managed to find a buyer who is ready to drop that amount for the modern, artistic expression of humankind and its willingness to go to exasperating lengths to get a tax break, they can add in an additional $4 NZD (or INR 222) for the burger that housed the pickle before it was flung unceremoniously on the ceiling.

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Did you think this would be it as far as the ridiculousness goes? Think again, because the buyer won’t actually be going home with the pickle or the piece of the ceiling with the pickle clinging on to it (or whatever else you might have thought of). The owner of ‘Pickle’ will be given “instructions on how to recreate the art in your own space”.

So the next time someone points out the cookie debris on your table or the ketchup stains on your couch, just tell them it’s actually an expensive piece of art. You might just be able to get away with it.