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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

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Disco Ball Christmas Tree

Mirror Ball Christmas Tree
All Photos By Gail

Geoffrey and I went all the way down town on a mission to investigate the Museum of Feelings, which turned out to be a bust, because the line was (realistic estimate) 90 minutes to 2 hours long. And we are about waiting in lines no. So, while we were down there (because Battery Park City is a fucking haul from our respective residences), we decided to just see what kinds of cool snaps we could take. Because Geoffrey is obsessed with the Instagram, and I know that I can always score a few blog hits with a fun photo.

And what we saw as soon as we walked into the Brookfield Place mall, which is what you have to walk through to get to the Museum of Feelings, was this awesome Christmas Tree studded with Disco Ball Ornaments. Super Groovy.

Mirrorball Ornaments 1

As you can see, the ornaments are  mix of the classic mirror disco ball variety, and red or green mirrored mosaic designs. Festive!

Mirrorball Ornaments 2

Very nice!

Disco Ball Tree

As we walked through the mall towards the water, we entered the famous Winter Garden, (which was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, but as since been beautifully restored) and that is where the full-on Disco Ball Christmas Trees were hiding.

Mirrorball Ornaments 3

If you end up in that part of town for whatever reason during the Christmas Holidays, take some time to walk around and enjoy all of the decorations, because it is really beautiful down there.

Winter Garden
Winter Garden Atrium as Seen from the Water

2010 Canstruction Exhibit Now on View at NYC’s Winter Garden

For all fans of art and also those fascinated with architecture and design, the annual Canstruction exhibit is a must see. Canstruction, Inc. is a nonprofit organization – and the most unique food charity in the world – that holds annual design and build competitions among those in the architecture and design field where the challenge is to construct fantastic, giant sized, structures made entirely out of canned food. After the structures are built, with the winners in each city chosen, the “canstructions” go on view to the general public as a unique and cohesive art exhibit. This year, 25 amazing sculptures are on view in the Winter Garden Atrium located in the World Financial Center in downtown Manhattan.

At the close of the competition, all of the food used in the structures will be donated to local food banks for distribution to community emergency feeding programs. In this way, not only the participating Architects, engineers, designers, contractors and students contribute, but the local community also participates to raise canned food donations.  More information on Canstruction is available by visiting Canstruction Dot Org at This Link. View more amazing pictures of Canstruction sculptures from previous years at This Link.

Canstruction will be on display in the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden from 10AM to 7PM daily through November 21 and until 5PM November 22. Admission is free, with the suggested donation being a can of food.