The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is about to get a whole lot... artier!— artnet (@artnet) October 24, 2019
Yayoi Kusama is teaming up with balloon specialists to create a massive new float: https://t.co/yMKtSzS9k9 pic.twitter.com/oeyA3ZzLvu
A new work by Yayoi Kusama is headed to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The Japanese celebrated artist collaborated with balloon specialists, trained in 3-D modeling, aerodynamic design, and balloon fabrication, to create a floating artwork titled Love Flies Up to the Sky.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade has an average of 3.5 million people lining Central Park West to watch it, with 50 million more tuning in on television. The parade will coincide with Kusama’s upcoming exhibition at David Zwirner in Chelsea, opening on November 9.
The balloon will be the eighth in Macy’s Blue Sky Gallery series, launched in 2005 and featuring inflatable takes on works by contemporary artists. Other artists who have participated over the years include Jeff Koons in 2007, Takashi Murakami in 2010, and KAWS in 2012.
Kusama’s addition —the first by a female artist— will be a sunlike figure from her colorful “My Eternal Soul” paintings. The balloon also features Kusama’s trademark polka dots and tentacles.
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