The infinity room in Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has now been closed until further notice thanks to a visitor who wrecked a sculpture worth $800,000.
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who is known for her dazzling artworks that often involve polka dots and pumpkins, just launched her art collection “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” at the museum. Unfortunately, a gallery visitor, who was determined to take a selfie inside the mind-bending mirrored room with one of the bright yellow polka-dotted gourds managed to damage the installation.
According to Allison Peck, the interim director of communications and marketing at the museum said, a work in the installation “sustained minor damage and the room was closed temporarily.”
Hirshhorn’s experts examined the damage and believe the room will be ready to welcome visitors very soon.
The installation will be at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden until May 14, 2017, after which it will appear at the Seattle Art Museum from June until September.
It will then be moved to Broad Museum in October 2017 and will remain there till January 2018. It will make its final few stops at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, from March to May 2018 and the Cleveland Museum of Art, from July until October that year.
This is not the first time a valuable art installation was destroyed by a careless visitor.
Sometime last year, a German woman visiting Nuremberg's Neues Museum got tempted by a crossword puzzle that she proceeded to fill out before realizing it was a rare piece of artwork worth $89,000. Fortunately, the damage wasn’t permanent, and was soon fixed so it could continue attracting visitors in the future.