A New Yayoi Kusama Sculpture Is Coming to London

She’s bringing one of her pumpkins to Kensington Gardens

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has exhibited her work in London many times, including her signature polka dot-covered sculptures and immersive mirror rooms. And now she’s back with a brand new piece, Pumpkin, which’ll be standing by the Round Pond in Kensington Gardens this summer. The installation also marks Kusama’s return to Serpentine since her debut British retrospective back in 2000.

At 6 metres tall and 5.5 metres in diameter, this is her tallest bronze pumpkin sculpture to date, so you’ll be able to see it in the park easily. Kusama has been featuring pumpkins in her work since 1946 as the vegetable was a fixture of her childhood; her family cultivated pumpkin seeds and had fields of the squash around their home. You’ll be able to see this pumpkin for free, and given it’s in a big public park, you shouldn’t have much trouble getting up close to it – great news if you’ve ever braved the queues for some of her previous London exhibitions.

Tues 9th July – Sun 3rd November 2024
Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PR