Mirror, mirror... reflect the dazzle of infinity

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In just a few days since its opening, the interactive "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" has become the most popular exhibition in the history of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington.

It had hosted more than 8,000 visitors by Sunday, even though part of the exhibition was closed from last Saturday to Monday after an over-enthusiastic fan damaged a glowing pumpkin in one of the six rooms, called "All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins".

The rooms' mirrored interiors create countless, ever-diminishing reflections of themselves and anything in them.

The other mirrored rooms at the Hirshhorn include "Love Forever", a floor of tiny lights whose changing patterns and colours are viewed through a peephole.

Visitors are invited to step into five of the rooms, and to peer into the sixth, immersing themselves in the dazzling displays.

The walls and ceiling are clad in mirrors, so when the door closes you in, "you have a seamless experience," spokesman Allison Peck said. The exhibition is open until May 14.

NYTIMES

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2017, with the headline 'Mirror, mirror... reflect the dazzle of infinity'. Print Edition | Subscribe