After much fanfare, visitors to this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade noticed one artist-designed balloon didn’t make it through the streets of Manhattan. Yayoi Kusama’s sun-like red balloon was grounded because of weather conditions, so Hyperallergic reached out to Macy’s, which provided us with the following statement about the decision:

“The 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade once again brought the nation incredible entertainment kicking off the holiday season with a grand spectacle. While ultimately the wind conditions allowed our signature balloons to join the lineup, some of the balloons suffered stress and tears during the overnight inflation which resulted in the Ronald McDonald giant balloon being pulled midway through the Parade. Three smaller balloons including two stars and the Yayoi Kusama designed art balloon never left the balloon staging area. All of the extensive planning and safety protocols in place for the Parade helped to prepare the team to execute a fantastic event despite these minor challenges.”

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Yayoi Kusama Designs a Balloon for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.