Did You Know There’s a Yayoi Kusama Bronze Pumpkin on 42nd Street?




Since this is the month for pumpkins, we thought we would take a look at one of our favorite pumpkins by renowned artist Yayoi Kusama. You don’t have to wait for the next Kusama exhibition to view her work. New Yorkers can take a walk over to the Sky building on West 42nd Street to view Yayoi Kusama’s Bronze Pumpkin at its entrance.

The bronze pumpkin measures eight-feet on all sides, and weights 2,668 pounds, and is the first permanent public artwork in NYC by Kusama.

The artist is no stranger to this City. Yayoi Kusama (b.1929) moved from Japan to New York City in 1958, where she remained until 1972 ~ at one point having a studio in the same building as Donald Judd and Eva Hesse. A true activist, she organized ‘happenings’ in iconic places like the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park.

Take a look-back at Kusama: Cosmic Nature in the New York Botanical Garden in 2021; and Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden by MoMA PS1 in 2018.

Sky Luxury Rentals is located at 605 West 42nd Street at 11th Avenue, NYC.

3 thoughts on “Did You Know There’s a Yayoi Kusama Bronze Pumpkin on 42nd Street?

  1. I had no idea! So excited to go see it. Just watched the documentary Kusama: Infinity this weekend.

    1. It was installed several years ago. I revisited this installation because of today’s announcement that one of her wonderful ‘pumpkins’ was just returned to the Japanese island of Naoshima, after repair work due to last year’s typhoon.

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