by Ayesha Shaikh
  • 1 minute read
  • August 12, 2021
Coveted Artist Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Pumpkin’ Sculpture Washed Away During Typhoon In Japan

A large-scale polka-dotted sculpture, which is one of famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s best-known works, was swept away during a typhoon this week from its usual place in a park in Naoshima, southwest Japan. Videos showing the art piece being tossed around in rough waves been circulating on social media, according to

Estimated to be worth at least a few million dollars, the sculpture titled Pumpkin has now been recovered and is being housed at the Benesse Art Site, reported the Washington Post. The six-feet tall and eight-feet wide sculpture will be restored at the site. According to The Guardian, a company spokesperson said, “Some smaller pieces were lost in the sea, but we have three large main sections that are being stored at the art site, while we work with Kusama’s studio to decide what to do next.”

Naoshima is known as the art island of Japan, as it houses several modern art museums and architectural sites with an impressive number of modern artworks flecked across the space. The Kusama Pumpkin was installed there in 1994. One of Kusama’s pumpkin sculptures with a similar yellow and black dotted pattern was sold for an astounding $3.7 million at Christie’s London in June. Another similar piece, titled I Carry on Living with the Pumpkins (2013) was sold for more than $2 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in May.

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