This local durian joint is venturing into the art business. Their first piece? A durian duct-taped to a wall, available at the very reasonable price of $163,056 (wall not included).
According to 99 Old Trees, the piece, fittingly titled Durian Tape to White Wall, "looks like art, smells like fart".
But it's not just a fruit taped to a wall. The "durian bondage art" serves as a reminder of our forefathers' past struggles and signifies our colonial past, said 99 Old Trees.
In case you haven't caught on yet, this is simply a clever spoof of a work of art that sold for US$120,000 (S$163,200) recently at Miami Beach Art Basel — a banana duct-taped to a wall.
The work by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, titled Comedian, has been nothing short of controversial. Since its sale, detractors have questioned its value. And one self-proclaimed "hungry artist" even wolfed down the banana in front of amused bystanders.
The banana caused such a stir that it had to be removed from the fair on Dec 8 due to "uncontrollable crowd movements", Cattelan's gallery, Perrotin, said.
Fortunately, 99 Old Trees' local rendition had a better reception among the public.
Some even asked if they could purchase it — wall and all.
Interested to add this to your art collection? According to 99 Old Trees, you can simply drop them a DM to enquire.
But if Durian Tape to White Wall is not your cup of tea, perhaps these other "art pieces" might look good on your wall.
SAMOSA DUCT-TAPED TO WALL
DUCT TAPE DUCT-TAPED TO WALL
DUCT TAPE BANANA-ED (?) TO WALL
BANANA DUCT-TAPED TO SHIRT WORN BY DOG
BABY YODA DUCT-TAPED TO WALL