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Kusama Infinity Room Opens Its Gates again After Sculpture Damaged due to Selfie

13 March 2017

Kusama Infinity Room Opens Its Gates again After Sculpture Damaged due to Selfie

Kusama Infinity Room opens its gates again to the public after someone damaged a high-priced sculpture in pursuit of a selfie. Find out more about it here!

Yes, this is the kind of world we live in now. After in so many countries the uses of selfie sticks has been forbidden, we request that the use of selfies to be forbidden as well.

Not for good, but at least when it is about a high-priced sculpture you must not be allowed to take a selfie. What do you think?

All this happened at a popular interactive exhibition named “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors”, located at Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, after a visitor accidentally damaged a glowing pumpkin, they were forced to close the doors.

But the exhibition has opened to the public three days after the incident happened.

A week ago, news reports have made the incident to sound like the “worst-case scenario for modern life”  when wrote that a person has damaged a highly-priced sculpture in pursuit of the perfect selfie.

The sculpture worth $800,000 was located in the room called “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins,” which is one of six in the exhibition at Hirshhorn.

“There is no intrinsic value to the individual piece itself,” Ms. Peck said. “It is a manufactured component to a larger piece.”

Kusama Infinity Room Opens Its Gates again After Sculpture Damaged due to Selfie
Kusama Infinity Room Opens Its Gates again After Sculpture Damaged due to Selfie

Ms. Kusama’s mirrored work often attracts many visitors because of its potential in self-portraits; however a spokeswoman for the museum said that she could not confirm what the visitor was doing when the damaging happened.

The estimated $800,000 price was based on the sale price similar piece by Ms. Kusama, which was sold two years ago.

Kusama Infinity Room Opens Its Gates again After Sculpture Damaged due to Selfie
Kusama Infinity Room Opens Its Gates again After Sculpture Damaged due to Selfie

The museum announced that a replacement pumpkin is going to arrive in a few weeks.

The exhibition reopened after the damaged pumpkin was removed and the room was rearranged to account for one less piece, said Allison Peck, the spokeswoman.

Kusama Infinity Room Opens Its Gates again After Sculpture Damaged due to Selfie
Kusama Infinity Room Opens Its Gates again After Sculpture Damaged due to Selfie

The visitor was questioned by museum staff, and an internal report was written up. There were no arrests. “It was very much an accident,” Ms. Peck said.

Kusama Infinity Room Opens Its Gates again After Sculpture Damaged due to Selfie
Kusama Infinity Room Opens Its Gates again After Sculpture Damaged due to Selfie
Kusama Infinity Room Opens Its Gates again After Sculpture Damaged due to Selfie
Kusama Infinity Room Opens Its Gates again After Sculpture Damaged due to Selfie

For over 50 years, the Japanese ultra-Pop artist has amazed everyone with her talent of crafting sculptural illusions with light and mirrors to replicate the sense of infinity.

What do you think? Is the selfie problem one that should be stopped?