Art & Design

RIP The Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin That Died At The Hands of a Selfie

Art & Design

RIP The Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin That Died At The Hands of a Selfie

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According to Instagram, the whole point of going to Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” is to take a selfie. The iteration currently on view at Washington D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum is entitled “Infinity Room – All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” and features dozens of polka-dotted, glowing pumpkins and, you guessed it, mirrors. Over the weekend, one unlucky visitor accidentally toppled over one of those pumpkins while taking a selfie (a standalone sculpture mimicking mimicking these polka-dotted gourds recently sold at auction for $784,485).

For now, the exhibit, which has been met with characteristically high demand, is closed. A museum spokesperson told Hyperallergic that upon reopening there will be an increased security presence. Given the dangerous combo of low lighting, disorienting mirrors, expensive sculptures and selfies, one has to wonder why this wasn’t a concern prior to an incident.

As for the poor museum-goer, hopefully they’ve learned a valuable lesson about the danger of douchey art selfies that everyone on earth has seen literally a million times.