Yayoi Kusama the artist known for whimiscal and quirky designs will debut a new ballon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov 28. Kusama’s Love Flies Up to the Sky balloon will join in the annual holiday spectacle in front of more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide, as the latest entry in the Parade’s Blue Sky Gallery series, which invites celebrated contemporary artists to contribute artworks to the high flying lineup.
"The Love Flies Up to the Sky balloon was developed by the artist from face motifs that appear in her My Eternal Soul series of paintings—a body of work that she began in 2009. Vibrant and animated, the paintings embody Kusama’s innovative exploration of form and revolve around a tension between abstraction and figuration. " The 90 year old artist will also feature her signature polka dots.
You can also see Kusama's work in the upcoming solo exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery, EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE, which opens on Saturday, November 9, from 6–8 PM at 537 West 20th Street, New York.
Other new balloons at the parade include the beagle Snoopy, which Macy’s says got an “out-of-this-world makeover” as an astronaut this year, Guy and Sam from Netflix’s “Green Eggs and Ham” and Smokey the Bear celebrating the advertising icon’s 75th birthday.