photo by spoon & tamago (2017)

If you’ve ever visited Japan’s magical art island of Naoshima you’ll most certainly have visited one of its most iconic pieces of art: Yayoi Kusama’s yellow pumpkin that sits at the tip of an abandoned pier. Although the waters of Japan’s Inland Sea are mostly calm, during the summer the pumpkin becomes susceptible to high winds and waves brought on by numerous hurricanes.

In a video shot last week by Ken (@k24da), we learned that when a hurricane threatens Kusama’s pumpkin, a group of island workers band together to lift it up, walk it off the pier, place it on a truck and carry it away to safety until the hurricane has passed.

Afterwards, the pumpkin is restored to its proper location for everyone to join. Cheers to art preservation!