Is this the craziest art installation yet? The Tate Gallery spent $45,000 on pyramid of 6,000 oranges costing $7.50 each - which visitors will then be encouraged to eat. Tate is a family of four art galleries in London, Liverpool and Cornwall known as Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.
Pyramid of Oranges by Roelof Louw was purchased for $45,000 by Tate Modern
Visitors are encouraged to eat an orange - which works out as $7.50 each Visitors are invited to take an orange and as a result the piece literally dematerialises and changes through visitor participation.
The installation was first created by South African-born artist in 1967 It was designed to raise questions about the passage of time and decay
The Tate invested $150,000 on an empty room with lights that flicked on and off every five seconds and paid $27,000 for a sealed tin said to contain an artist's excrement.
But a pile of 6,000 oranges dubbed Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges) is tipped to be the Tate Modern's craziest art installation yet.
The taxpayer-backed London art gallery has spent $45,000 on the sculpture - which works out to be a five English pounds for each fruit.
British greengrocer Andreas Georghiou, of Chelsea, said: 'I'd love someone to walk in my shop and spend £30,000 on oranges.'
A Tate spokesman said the money had come from rich patrons and insisted Roelof Louw was "a significant figure in the context of sculptural experiment."
The work was created to raise questions about ephemerality, time and decay.
It first appeared at the Arts Laboratory, London in October 1967 and has featured prominently in recent exhibitions surveying the period since its ‘rediscovery’ by Clive Phillpott in 2000.
The Tate has a history of investing in unusual installations, such as Work 227: The lights going on and off.
It was awarded the Turner Prize, but several visitors walked out, saying the exhibit was unfit to be considered for the most celebrated prize in the art world.
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