Pumpkin patch – Yayoi Kusama acquisition revealed

The latest vegetable-inspired artwork from the famed nonagenarian artist has now been installed in a regional Victorian outdoor sculpture garden.
Yayoi Kusama. Image is a large red and black pumpkin sculpture in a grassy expanse.

Reportedly the largest private sculpture collection in Australia, Pt. Leo Estate on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula today (Friday 24 November) unveiled its latest prized acquisition. Revealing the first major-scale pumpkin to be seen in the country is a landmark moment for the estate, adding a piece from arguably Japan’s most successful living artist, Yayoi Kusama, to its already impressive collection of sculptures.

Sitting in the middle of a green pasture with the sea in the background and vineyards in the distance, the pumpkin, which reportedly cost seven figures, makes for an arresting vision – with Kusama’s trademark bright colours and polka dots ensuring it does anything but blend in to its surroundings.

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Madeleine Swain is ArtsHub’s managing editor. Originally from England where she trained as an actor, she has over 25 years’ experience as a writer, editor and film reviewer in print, television, radio and online. She is also currently Vice Chair of JOY Media.