$10,000 for McDonald’s Pickle Masterpiece


Is your fussy child with a picky eating style the next Picasso in the making? If a pickle slice taken out of a McDonald’s cheeseburger and slammed to the ceiling is regarded as an artistic sensation, children definitely have the raw talent to bring a similar vision to life.

In an Auckland art gallery, a piece has a selling price of $10,000 and the canvas is the ceiling featuring a pickle extracted from a McDonald’s cheeseburger. The intention behind the art is to question what dictates the value behind the art pieces.

Matthew Griffin, an Australian artist, was the creator behind the art piece fittingly titled Pickle.

People rarely see a creative piece objectively, as our projections shape our reactions. Griffin’s work was met with praise and criticism. Some called him a genius, while others insulted him by calling him a moron.

One person said: “I got kicked out of a McDonald’s by the police for doing this when I was a teenager, now it’s art.” The same act gets praised in one location and frowned upon in another. The setting and intention are determining factors.

Ryan Moore, the director of Fine Arts, Sydney, which represents Griffin said: “Generally speaking, artists aren’t the ones deciding whether something is art is not — they are the ones who make and do things. Whether something is valuable and meaningful as the artwork is the way that we collectively, as a society choose to use it or talk about it.”

Artists experiment with their creativity and hope something sticks and resonate with the viewer. In this case, the pickle hit the bullseye with a clever aim.


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