Part of an exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. was damaged and closed last weekend, according to an article by the New York Times. A pumpkin sculpture in one of the exhibit’s interactive rooms was broken, allegedly by a patron who was trying to take a selfie.
The exhibition,“Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” is a series of six interactive, mirrored rooms with sculptures. “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” was the name of the room where the pumpkin was broken. The room was temporarily shut down after the incident, but it was reopened on Tuesday after the remaining pumpkins were rearranged.
It was reported by many news sources that the pumpkin was damaged while someone was trying to take a selfie in the room, but no one is sure whether that was the case. A spokeswoman for the museum told the New York Times that the visitor who damaged the pumpkin “took an accidental misstep” that resulted in the damage.
The sculpture was originally reported to be worth about $800,000, though that was an estimate based on the sale of a sculpture by the artist that was made with different materials. Thankfully, this pumpkin was made of plastic and was not as valuable as originally estimated by the media. According to the New York Times, the artist is sending the museum a replacement for the broken sculpture. Because the museum determined that the visitor broke the pumpkin completely by accident, there was no arrest.
The exhibit has been incredibly popular, drawing in more than 8,000 visitors in the first several days after it opened.
You can get a 360° view of the room that was closed in this video posted by the Victoria Miro Gallery: