One of America’s most iconic architectural landmarks has been overrun by bright red polka dots. This whimsical and eye-catching takeover of Philip Johnson’s Glass House is the work of none other than Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The 87-year-old artist worked her magic on the four facades of the famous house as part of a month-long Dots Obsession — Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope installation commemorating what would have been Johnson’s 110th birthday and the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Glass House to the public.
Ms. Kusama, a contemporary of Johnson, was invited by curator Irene Shum to install the Narcissus Garden — a work first created in 1966 for the 33rd Venice Biennale — as part of a celebratory event.
Narcissus Garden comprises 1,300 floating steel spheres installed in the newly restored pond.
Ms. Kusama also added her signature polka-dotted Pumpkin, a 1.8m tall shiny gourd located on the opposite side of the home in the hillside meadow.
The most notable work of the three site-specific installations is Dots Obsession — Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, in which Ms. Kusama covered the Glass House with polka dots and added an “infinity room” experience.
On display from September 1 through 26, 2016, the exhibition breathes new life into the glass-and-steel structure. Over 1,200 low tack adhesive vinyl circles of three varying sizes — 12 centimeters, 18 centimeters, and 25 centimeters — were applied to the walls and doors on all four sides of the home.
The vibrant “Pepsi Red” of the polka dots creates a sharp contrast against the green landscape.