Art Dirt: Kusama’s Pumpkin, Underwater Sculpture Gardens & Climate Change

by Glasstire August 15, 2021
Kusama Pumpkin Typhoon

Kusama’s sculpture in Naoshima being washed away by a typhoon. Image: viktorwang on Instagram

Christina Rees and Brandon Zech discuss Kusama’s pumpkin that recently fell victim to a typhoon, experiential underwater sculpture parks, and the relationship between climate change and art.

“Museums and collectors are trying to preserve things that are ephemeral… I can’t believe that in 1000 years museums will have been able to fully fulfill their missions.” 

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Related Reading:
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NY Times: 12 Artists On: Climate Change
NY Times: Typhoon Damages Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin Sculpture in Japan
The Guardian: Cyprus’s haunting new underwater sculpture park – in pictures
Houston Chronicle: How Harvey unfolded at MFAH
Art in America: Climate Change Has Already Transformed Everything About Contemporary Art
Artnet: Olafur Eliasson Just Flooded Switzerland’s Fanciest Museum With Pond Water and Invited Wildlife Inside
LiveScience: Photos: The Largest Underwater Sculpture
TED: An Underwater Art Museum, Teeming with Life
Sandals: All You Need To Know About The Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park
Hyperallergic: Damien Hirst’s Shipwreck Fantasy Sinks in Venice
NY Times: Damien Hirst Is Back With an Underwater Fantasy. Will Collectors Care?
Artnet: Damien Hirst Created a Fake Documentary About His Fake Venice Show—and Now You Can See It on Netflix
Instagram: Moving the Kusama Pumpkin
Instagram: Kusama Typhoon
The Guardian: Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture washed into sea by Japan storm

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