All Japan newsese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama presented two of her latest works, in the form of two giant balloons, as a preview to their display at an art festival in Tokyo this weekend.
A 10-meter-tall balloon girl called Yayoi-chan, which symbolizes peace and hope, and Ring-Ring, a 4-meter-tall balloon representing the artist’s pet dog, will be presented at the Roppongi Art Night arts festival.
Both are decorated with Kusama’s characteristic motif, polka dots.
”We are now at the worst stage because of the earthquake and tsunami and nuclear (accident),” Kusama said, quoted by Kyodo. “But we should keep walking through our lives with great hope,” she added.
The weekend festival takes place at the Roppongi Hills commercial complex and in other locations, including the National Art Center Tokyo and Tokyo Midtown.