The work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, “Comedian,” has created a stir worldwide in recent days. His “banana duct-taped to a wall,” which was sold for US$120,000 at Art Basel Miami Beach, has been criticized by media and netizens who have responded with humor to its hefty price. Not to be outdone, officers from Kaohsiung City Government Police Bureau (KPB) unveiled on Tuesday their “Magic Traffic Ticket” on Facebook.
The local version of “Comedian” features a traffic ticket duct-taped to a wall with the comment: “Its value, which ranges from NT$600 to NT$180,000, is determined by how people buy it. Every ticket is different and never repeated. The post is accompanied by a number, date, and photos of the art piece.”
KPB wrote: “Do you want to buy it? Well, we don’t want to sell it. We hope everyone can obey traffic rules and make it impossible to sell.” KPB also expressed hopes that people would buy more local bananas rather than risk their own lives to get a traffic ticket.
In response to the post, netizens commented: “That’s hilarious.” Another said: “some people eat it on the spot. The others said, “policemen are funny” and “they do catch up on the news.”