Yayoi Kusama at the Glass House

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.

Polka Dots at the Glass House

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
Narcissus Garden, Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama Narcissus garden at the Glass House 2016
Narcissus Garden, Yayoi Kusama

Narcissus Garden comprises 1,300 floating steel spheres installed in the newly restored pond.

Narcissus Garden
Narcissus Garden, Yayoi Kusama

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.

Pumpkin
Pumpkin, Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama's Dazzling Infinity Rooms

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.

Dots Obsession — Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, Yayoi Kusama
Dots Obsession — Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, Yayoi Kusama

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.

Dots Obsession — Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, Yayoi Kusama
Dots Obsession — Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, Yayoi Kusama

The vibrant “Pepsi Red” of the polka dots creates a sharp contrast against the green landscape.

Polka Dots at the Glass House

Glass House Art by Yayoi Kusama
Glass House Art by Yayoi Kusama

Original article: http://inhabitat.com/yayoi-kusama-covers-philip-johnsons-glass-house-in-pepsi-red-polka-dots/

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