David Trubridge

David Trubridge

The obliteration

5 September 2016

by David Trubridge

Our Coral lights were chosen by Dunedin Public Art Gallery curator Lucy Hammonds for inclusion in their new show 'The obliteration room' by Yayoi Kusama which was on from 7th May 2016 - 7th Aug 2016.

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The Obliteration Room 2002-present is a dynamic artwork by leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama that transforms over time through the active participation of visitors. You are invited to enter the world of the artist and 'obliterate' an entirely white domestic space by adding colourful dot stickers to the furniture, objects and surfaces in this large-scale interactive installation.

The space gradually transforms through this interaction and the mass accumulation of coloured dots ultimately changes the white interior into an extraordinary blur of colours. Photos: Yayoi Kusama The obliteration room 2002-presentCourtesy: Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art Australia

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Yayoi Kusama Video


A time-lapse video showing the first six weeks of visitor interaction.

Watch the stop-motion time lapse.


Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room 2002 to present at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. This footage is shown courtesy of courtesy of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art