Yayoi Kusama Unveils Pumpkin in Midtown Manhattan

Yayoi Kusama's bronze pumpkin, surrounded by the “infinity loop motor court” at the entrance to Sky.
(Courtesy of the artist and Sky)

A 71-story luxury residential tower in midtown Manhattan has unveiled the first ever permanent public artwork in New York by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama — a bronze pumpkin, surrounded by the “infinity loop motor court” at the entrance to the building.

Newly completed this year and located at 605 West 42nd Street, Sky is a development by the Moinian Group, one of America’s most diversified real estate companies that has spearheaded the redevelopment of the Downtown and West Side of Manhattan with developments combining residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects.

“We are deeply proud to present New York with its first Yayoi Kusama bronze Pumpkin for all to enjoy,” said Joseph Moinian, CEO of The Moinian Group, Sky’s developer. “It is an honor and a privilege to have such an iconic and important work of art by one of the world’s greatest living artists permanently residing in front of Sky. I hope it will become a cherished emblem of culture in the city for generations to come.”

In addition to the imposing bronze pumpkin sculpture, which weighs 2,668 pounds, there are also two “Infinity Net” paintings by Kusama permanently installed inside the building’s lobby, designed by David Rockwell.

Kusama’s bronze pumpkins were first shown at her London gallery Victoria Miro in 2014. Some of these pieces are currently on display in Oslo at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, and previously at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. After the Oslo stop, the works will tour to Stockholm’s Moderna Museet and the Helsinki Art Museum.