Wednesday 14 January 2015


It might not be so obvious to see but in the images above are a floor lamp, high-backed wooden chairs, windows, a guitar and garden sun lounger. These objects all furnish The Obliteration Room, a space that Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has created in Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art. Also known as GOMA. Her work is regularly exhibited around the world, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London.

What you also don't see is a fireplace, kitchen setting, dining table and a hundred other children sticking colourful dots all over the room. We visited during the school holidays and the place was busy, and the room really had been obliterated but that didn't stop everyone from managing to find somewhere to put their sheet of sticky dots. Even if it was on their body - although you are searched for remnants of stickers when you leave.

It was a great fun (and free!) experience, and wonderful to see children allowed to create at free-will. The exhibition has been running in this space at GOMA since December 6, 2014 - and will go on until April 19, 2015.

images the indigo crew  


  1. I fully admit to not noticing the lamp and chairs until I read your copy!!! I love this art installation. So great! I recreated it on a very, very small scale at Immy's confetti party a few years back - I let the kids attack a wall in my garage with a bunch of dot stickers. they loved it!

    1. I remember that Belinda. (And I've remembered how to "reply" properly - there are a few other responses in other posts - oops.) We did something similar for some of our birthday parties but using just black sticky dots - which have had much use around the house. You really can't go wrong with sticky dots and children. x