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Yayoi Kusama, Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees, Helsinki, Finland

Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees
All Photos By Gail

We only had four hours off the ship to explore Helsinki, Finland, but despite the cold and rainy weather, luck was on our side; as the Universe guided us directly to the foot of Esplanadi Park, the site of Yayoi Kusama’s latest installation of Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees. Holy crap! We had no idea it would be there, but the impossible-to-miss red and white polka dot fabric-wrapped trees screamed “This is a Kusama Thing!” at us from across the road, and we journeyed over to investigate. There are no accidents.

Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees
Wrapped Trees with Statue of Eino Leino, Finnish Poet, Bohemian and Journalist

A little bit of Googling gave us additional background on the installation, explaining how, “Part of Esplanadi Park has been utterly transformed. Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees establishes a wonderland in the park, where 20 trees in Theatre Esplanadi are wrapped in Kusama’s signature dotted fabric.” To run concurrently, Kusama’s Narcissus Garden, a well-known work consisting of a thousand mirror-surfaced steel spheres, has also been installed in the Palm Room at Helsinki’s Winter Garden. Kusama offers, “These works have been inspired by beautiful nature and people, and they create communication between nature and living beings. The shining city of Helsinki, as well as the life we wish for, becomes even more beautiful.”

While we found it on Thursday, June 9th, the work was officially unveiled on Helsinki Day, June 12th. It will be on display for all to enjoy until October 9th, 2016. Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees has previously been on show in London, Singapore, Moscow and elsewhere.

Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees

Claes Oldenburg: Mouse Museum/Ray Gun Wing at MOMA

Washington DC Souvenir Ashtray
A Souvenir Ash Tray from Washington DC is Part of Claes Oldenburg’s Mouse Museum (All Photos By Gail)

Claes Oldenburg, the legendary pop sculptor, has long been a collector of objects and  images. His studio shelves contain an immense variety of items that, since 1972, he has gathered during his daily travels, alongside experiments and prototypes for his sculptures. Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing — currently on exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art — evolved from the artist’s commitment to this practice of collection, storage and display.

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Meat Medley Plush Toys and Pillows!

From Modern Urban Living: “Sweet Meats creator, Lauren Venell, took her meat expertise (she comes from hearty butcher stock) and product design skills and combined them to create some delicious looking pillows! Originally starting as a personal art project, demand for the pillows soon grew and now she’s making a killing! If you think meat is neat, check out Sweet Meats for more meat related goodness. Purchasing information available at This Link!

Mmmm…Pork Chops…


They also have fun slogan Badges!

Happy Thanksgiving 2007!

Guilty Bastard

Yes, I realize that OJ is actually holding a carved ham, but it is the spirit of bad taste and political incorrectness I’m trying to capture!