Ce N'est Pas une Pipe

photo via the linked article
...but is it art?
For his new project, Err, artist Jeremy Hutchison contacted various factories around the world, and asked if one of their workers would produce an 'incorrect' version of the product they make every day: in doing so, the functional objects became artworks. 
"I asked them to make me one of their products, but to make it with an error," Hutchison explains. "I specified that this error should render the object dysfunctional. And rather than my choosing the error, I wanted the factory worker who made it to choose what error to make. Whatever this worker chose to do, I would accept and pay for."
Included in the article are several confused letters from factory workers in response to this request, which are priceless.  I even learned a new word:  detailedly.  As in "Pls kindly explain detailedly."

via kottke.org and MR, almost simultaneously.