Yayoi Kusama’s Sparkling ‘Narcissus Garden’ is Coming to Rockaway Beach

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On July 1, Yayoi Kusama will bring her ‘Narcissus Garden’ back to NYC after nearly five decades since it’s original showing; but this time, it has a different message.

In the 1960’s, Kusama brought the art installation ‘Narcissus Garden’ to several places around NYC—including Tompkins Square Park and Central Park—after debuting the piece in Venice. What was once an art installation critiquing “the commercialization of contemporary art,” the installation’s message this time around is to reflect on Hurricane Sandy’s impact on New York.

The art installation—which is made of 1,500 reflective stainless steel spheres—will be on display in a former Army base on the beach in the Rockaway’s Fort Tilden.

The installation comes to NYC in collaboration with MoMA PS1, and Director Klaus Biesenbach is working closely with Kusama for the site-specific creation. ‘Narcissus Garden’ will be part of this year’s Rockaway! art festival and will remain on display from July 1 through September 3.

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