On Aug 9, 2021, visitors to Japan’s Naoshima Island were horrified to see iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s larger-than-life “Yellow Pumpkin” artwork bobbing helplessly in the sea.
Swept out to sea by typhoon
The hollow pumpkin, which is usually mounted on a pier leading out to the Seto Inland Sea, had been ripped off by powerful winds and waves generated by a typhoon that hit Kagawa Prefecture.
It was installed on the art-centric island in 1994, and had attracted art lovers and Instagrammers alike.
According to viral videos circulating online, the poor pumpkin was spotted torn in several places and tossed about by the high tides. The Asahi Shimbun reported that it had also slammed against the pier several times.
Japanese company Benesse Corp., which owns the artwork, sent staff to rescue the pumpkin from its watery ordeal. It is now being kept at the Benesse Art Site, where it will undergo repair.