Yayoi Kusama Guidepost to the New Space

16 March - 2 April 2007

FINA Festival

Commissioned by Arts Victoria

Curated and Produced by Global Art Projects

Works courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery


As part of FINA Festival 2007, multi award-winning Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) created Guidepost to the New Space, a vibrant outdoor installation for Birrarung Marr (public parklands beside the Yarra River, Melbourne Australia). Thousands of people enjoyed seeing this fantastic sculptural installation.

The soft rounded forms appeared to emerge from the ground. Decorated with her signature polka-dots, they reflect her ongoing interest and concern with this motif, one she has explored for many decades in her sculpture, avant-garde performances, painting and fashion.

"A polka-dot has the form of the sun which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon which is calm. Round soft, colourful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots can't stay alone; like the communicative life of people, two or three and more polka-dots become movement. ...Polka-dots are a way to infinity" - Kusama, 1978