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The Art of Reflection

Some of Chicago’s top creatives, along with famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, are part of wndr Museum—an immersive pop-up experience that inspires wonder for both the natural and man-made worlds.

London- and Chicago-based photographer Tobi Shinobi captured Yayoi Kusama’s “Let’s Survive Forever” during the preview of wndr. 


“Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos,” said artist Yayoi Kusama in 1968. Her infinity-mirror room installation, “Let’s Survive Forever,” is on loan from a private collector to serve as the grand finale space of the wndr Museum, which opened in Chicago in late September. Executive Director Molly Vaile (designer Sarah Vaile’s sister-in-law) explains that the piece is a fitting conclusion because it “fits so seamlessly into the overall concept of wndr Museum, which explores the universe from the smallest particles of matter to the infinite through immersive art.” The intention of the whole exhibit is to inspire curiosity about the wonder that exists in the natural world through scientifically derived “rooms” that explore everything from how we perceive color to the structure of the cellular skeleton, or cytoskeleton, to the invisible force of gravity. The culmination is Kusama’s concept of infinity. In its entirety, the highly Instagrammable experience is the work of more than 20 designers, technologists and artists—many of them from Chicago, like Kate Lewis, street artist Stuk One and Tanner Woodford, the founder of the Chicago Design Museum. “We wanted to create an experience that engages with the fun and whimsy of an immersive pop-up experience but also offers something substantive,” says Vaile. 1130 W. Monroe St.