yayoi kusama floats a landscape of 1,300 mirrored spheres at the glass house
 
yayoi kusama floats a landscape of 1,300 mirrored spheres at the glass house
may 03, 2016

yayoi kusama floats a landscape of 1,300 mirrored spheres at the glass house

incorporated into the 49-acre landscape surrounding the glass house, yayoi kusama has realized the landscape installation ‘narcissus garden’. on view from now until november 30, 2016, the work sweeps across the lower meadow and forest, creating a dramatic vista to the west of philip johnson’s historic glazed dwelling. first created fifty years ago as part of the venice art biennale, this iteration of ‘narcissus garden’ comprises 1,300 floating steel spheres, each which measure approximately 12 inches in diameter (30 cm). drifting in the newly restored pond, the spheres move as wind passes and follow the water’s natural currents, forming a dynamic and ever-changing sculpture. the orbs’ polished mirrored surfaces reflect views of the pond pavilion, wooded landscape, and sky that surrounds it.

 

‘we are honored to be working with yayoi kusama, an artist philip johnson both admired and collected,’ said irene shum, curator and collections manager at the glass house. ‘this exhibition playfully engages the entire site, creating a celebratory mood for philip johnson’s 110th birthday and the 10th year since the opening of this museum.’

yayoi kusama glass house narcissus garden
the installation is incorporated into the 49-acre landscape surrounding the glass house
image © KUSAMA studio (also main image)

yayoi kusama glass house narcissus garden
the work sweeps across the lower meadow and forest
image © KUSAMA studio

yayoi kusama glass house narcissus garden
‘narcissus garden’ comprises 1,300 floating steel spheres
image © KUSAMA studio

yayoi kusama glass house narcissus garden
the mirrored orbs drift in the newly restored pond
image © KUSAMA studio

yayoi kusama glass house narcissus garden
the spheres move as wind passes and follow the water’s natural currents
image © KUSAMA studio

yayoi kusama glass house narcissus garden
the installation is on view from now until november 30, 2016
image © KUSAMA studio

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