Springfield art museum to introduce Pumpkin Path Walk

Visitors to the Springfield Museum of Art for its Pumpkin Path Walk event, Oct. 28-30, can view one of the biggest pumpkins in the art world, an 800-pound sculpture by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. BRETT TURNER/CONTRIBUTOR

Credit: Brett Turner/Contributor

Credit: Brett Turner/Contributor

The Springfield Museum is carving a new form of family fall fun this Halloween season with pumpkins.

Inside, the museum has one of the art world’s most unique pumpkin sculptures on display. Outdoors, the public can create its own art by carving pumpkins to be part of the first Pumpkin Path Walk, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28-30 at the museum, 107 Cliff Park Rd. The event is presented in partnership with National Trail Parks and Recreation and admission is free.

As people look for Halloween activities during this unusual time, Museum of Art executive director Jessimi Jones and staff wanted to get involved in the season and add in its own unique pumpkin, which has attracted attendees since going on display in July.

“We want to encourage community engagement outside and inside and this broadly meets both. Our museum is dedicated to education and this is a step forward,” Jones said.

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International acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama’s sculpture “Pumpkin” is in the Bosca Gallery through Nov. 1. It’s no garden-variety jack-o-lantern.

This one is an 800-pound, 56.5 inches by 45 inches work made of mirror polished bronze and black spirit dye that would make the Great Pumpkin envious.

“The big comment we’ve heard is just how big it is,” she said. “It’s a very special piece of art and we’re glad to have it on loan to us.”

The Pumpkin Path Walk may make Linus skip his usual pumpkin patch, with a lighted walk on the path behind the museum where the carved pumpkins will line the way. Food trucks will be available each night.

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Visitors can also discover various permanent sculptures behind the museum, an example of the many diverse works it has.

In addition, attendees can enter the museum to see the Kusama work and the other current exhibits for free. Attendees are encouraged to come in costumes if they wish and can have pictures taken on the path or with the Kusama pumpkin

Jones consulted with the Clark County Combined Health District for proper safety measures. Physical distancing and masks are required to attend.

Those wanting to contribute carved pumpkins can drop them off 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Participants must first register before dropping them off. Forms are available at the museum’s website or email for one at smoa@springfieldart.net.

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