On Saturday night we celebrated the birthday of our good friend Marianne by attending a Gala at the Hirshhorn Museum. It featured an amazing exhibit, called “Infinity Mirrors” by Yayoi Kusama, which is up and about to move on. These photos don’t do it justice, but just imagine yourself at the edge of infinity…
The first “room” is an 8’x8’x8′ cube, with mirrors on all sides on the inside, with LEDs on the ceiling. You can peek into this cube from the outside through a couple of head-sized boxes, finding yourself and others floating in an infinite array of color and light.
This is another peek-a-boo installation, an 8 foot pink polka dot sphere into which you can peer through a 4 inch port. Inside are mirrors with polka dots on the surfaces and silver mirrored spheres of various sizes that hang from the ceiling.
This is one of the infinity rooms, the inside of a pink polka dot sphere, lined with mirrors and populated with polka dot beach balls, lit from the inside and reflected in mirrors.
Tne next two rooms are 12’x12’x12 cubes lined in mirrors on all sides with a short runway down the middle. Each is full of suspended lights that are reflected on all surfaces. When you look down, you feel as though you are floating on your own landing pad at the edge of the universe.
There were a number of sculptural works outside of the infinity rooms made of stuffed cotton forms that look like creatures from another planet. This is a room full of creatures.
TIME OUT! The last piece in the show is the Obliteration Room. Attendants hand out sheets of colored dots that you can place anywhere in the room. After thousands of people have passed through this space, the explosion of dots is in no need of mirrors to multiply!
We were very fortunate to see this incredible exhibit without the infinite crowds of people that formed lines around the block. We were given 45 seconds in each room by ourselves, compared to 20 seconds for the patient ones. If you ever have a chance to visit Infinity…….GO!