Some poor soul broke part of a beloved museum installation while trying to take a selfie

Some poor soul broke part of a beloved museum installation while trying to take a selfie
A pumpkin similar to the broken pumpkin.
PHOTO: Ota Fine Arts

Sometimes, art begets art. And sometimes, it destroys it.

Case in point: just days after Yayoi Kusama's immersive Infinity Mirrors debuted at Washington D.C.'s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, a visitor crushed one of her signature pumpkins while trying to take a selfie.

Rest in peace, pumpkin.

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The room containing the smashed piece - which has attracted legions of admirers and selfie-takers since it opened - shut down following the incident.

Fret not, though, pumpkin-lovers: the damage is easily repaired, so the exhibition will reopen soon in all its Instagram-friendly glory. Perhaps the poor soul who broke the pumpkin will get another shot at that photo, too.

In the meantime, we invite you to mourn by listening to Smashing Pumpkins.

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UPDATE: An earlier version of this story compared the broken piece's value to that of a similar, standalone pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama, which sold at auction for $784,485. However, the Infinity Mirrors pumpkins have no intrinsic value on their own, making this an inaccurate comparison. Mashable regrets the error.


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