Towada Art Center, Aomori
The yellow pumpkin opposite the Towada Art Center in Aomori prefecture is actually part of a larger installation titled ‘Love Forever, Singing in Towada’. The installation doubles as a playground, with green rubber flooring covered in yellow polka dots for children to run around on.
Next to the pumpkin are several more colourful pieces by Yayoi Kusama, including sculptures of curious looking creatures and tall mushrooms that look like they’ve come out of a story book. Other installations found in the museum’s outdoor Art Square include the ‘Fat House’ and ‘Fat Car’ by Erwin Wurm, as well as the boulder-like ‘Even Shetia’ by Jaume Plensa.
As for the museum itself, the Towada Art Center is definitely worth a visit as the large-scale artworks here are second to none. These include immersive installations like Leondro Erlich’s playful ‘Building-Buenos Aires’, and Chiharu Shiota’s ‘Memory of Water’, which each promise epic photo ops.