Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees

Yayoi Kusama

  1. In summer 2016, trees in Esplanade Park will be covered by polka dots by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929). In her early performances in the 1960s, Kusama organised gay marriages. “This is the first Homosexual Wedding ever to be performed in the United States!” declared her press release in 1968. At the time, Kusama had already made a name for herself with happenings in which she painted naked people with dots.