A famous work of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has been swept away by a typhoon in Shikoku. The ‘Yellow Pumpkin’, which is one of her most iconic pieces, was removed from its location at an art museum in Kochi and found on top of a car roof more than 100 miles away. 

The ‘Yellow Pumpkin’ is a mirror-polished metal sculpture that reflects the surroundings. Kusama created this work in 1968 as part of her series called Infinity Nets, which features mirrored objects. The reference to infinity highlights how there is no end or beginning for the viewer and their mind becomes free from all anxiety and worries while viewing the work, according to the artist. The sculpture is one of Kusama’s most famous and recognizable works. The pumpkin sits on a round base while its surface reflects everything around it in all directions (360 degrees). It can be viewed from any angle without needing to move closer or farther away from the sculpture. In addition to being a work of art, the ‘Yellow Pumpkin’ is also Kusama’s symbol and logo for her artistic philosophy. 

The typhoon was one of Japan’s strongest in years and caused damage across Shikoku Island region on Wednesday night, leaving more than 650 people injured with many buildings destroyed. As the storm hit, some residents took shelter in their homes while others found refuge at hotels or public facilities. But for this particular work of art, the ‘Yellow Pumpkin’ was removed from its location.