“Kusama: Cosmic Nature” at The New York Botanical Garden

Imaginative large-scale art set among seasonal floral displays

Amidst the rising number of digital-art theme parks and museums dedicated to sensory stimulation, those of us who attend exhibitions often ask: is this experience for Instagram or for me? A walk through The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) for their resplendent celebration of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, will certainly yield a gallery of exciting photos, but that’s far from the exhibit’s point. …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

From biomimicry breakthroughs to advancements in quantum computing, our roundup of the internet this week

The US Air Force Leans on Biomimicry for New Body Armor The US Air Force plans to research whether or not body armor can replicate the strength of an arapaima’s exterior. This Amazonian fish, native to places like Brazil, Peru, and Guyan, is capable of fending off deadly piranha with its scales. This natural self-defense system is courtesy of evolution over millions of years, and …

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Adds Yayoi Kusama Balloon

Conceived of by beloved artist Yayoi Kusama’s studio and built by Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s balloon specialists, the large-scale floating artwork “Love Flies up to the Sky” will join this year’s televised extravaganza. Measuring 30 feet long by 36 feet wide and 34 feet tall, the personified sun balloon, surrounded by red tentacles, is covered in more than 300 white polka dots, a Kusama signature. …