Yayoi Kusama has given Philip Johnson’s Connecticut home a makeover with 1,200 vinyl polka dots.
Taking cues from her Infinity Mirror Room installation, the Japanese artist has covered the Glass House’s windows and doors with bright red circles, surrounding visitors in pattern.
‘My desire is to measure and to make order of the infinite, unbounded universe from my own position within it, with polka dots,’ says Kusama. ‘In exploring this, the single dot is my own life, and I am a single particle amongst billions.’
The bright red dots were applied one by one according to strict instructions from the artist and her team.
‘They’re very, very particular about their polka dot placement,’ the house’s curator, Irene Shum, told W Magazine.
Yayoi Kusama’s piece marks the 10th anniversary of the house’s public opening, as well as what would have been the architect’s 110th birthday.
As part of the celebration the artist – who was both admired and collected by Johnson – has also placed 1,300 reflective spheres in the property’s pond. Titled ‘Narcissus Garden’, the piece is a revival of an installation first created half a century ago for the 33rd Venice Biennale. The Glass House grounds will also host a huge steel pumpkin created by the artist.
Kusama’s ‘Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope’ installation will remain in place until 26 September.
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