Kitsch Fixes

Kitsch Fix #45: Concrete and Tulips

Polka-dotted, fiberglass tulips by Yayoi Kusama in Beverly Hills, CA

I spotted (yeah, pun intended) these tulip statues in Beverly Hills recently and couldn’t get over how much they remind me of two of my my favorite travels from the past year. Firstly, the fact that this public-art instillation features giant flowers sprouting up from an urban landscape can’t help but call to mind to the giant roses on display in New York City not so long ago. And, of course, the type of flora captured in these sculptures harkens to all the spectacular tulip kitsch I found in Amsterdam. It truly brightened my day to find this reminder of both ‘New’ and old Amsterdam in the city I now call home, and I have artist Yayoi Kusama to thank. These statues are made of fiberglass, ceramic tile and steel and have adorned a tiny city park in Beverly Hills since 2007. I should note that adding to the amusement factor of the “Hymn of Life: Tulips” is that the larger-than-life flowers constantly crawl with small children and tourists even though they’re clearly marked with a sign that reads, “Please do not climb on or touch the art.” Perhaps the artist would be flattered to know these polka-dot petals are irresistible, signage be damned.

Doesn’t this tulip art look suspiciously like an irresistible jungle gym?

I love the corkscrew stem of this yellow-and-black tulip

Ooh, and I adore how this purple beaut looks somehow shy on profile

Between the red, yellow and purple tulip sculptures, which is your favorite? (Mine is the purple one by a slight margin.)

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  • Reply Ellie August 5, 2011 at 9:03 am

    This is so cool! You always find the greatest locations!

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté August 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you, Ellie! Your location scouting isn’t too shabby either. 🙂

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