Reversed Double Helix being blessed

Mark your calendars: Takashi Murakami's new art installation, Reversed Double Helix, will be unveiled on September 9 at Rockefeller Center. The Times had a feature about the wild piece, plus Murakami's thoughts about his work with Louis Vuitton and the difference between art in American and art in Japan. And Rockefeller Center says about the piece:

Rockefeller Center is planning an exciting 5-week art installation by the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Murakami’s artwork is a splendid fusion of color, cartoon and animation and provides a unique celebration of Japanese and American pop art. The exhibit will feature a series of bronze sculptures, 2 30-foot balloons, 18 flags and specially designed wallpaper flooring for the outdoor Plaza Street in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. In addition, public seating, designed by Murakami in the fashion of colorful mushrooms will be positioned along the Plaza Street. This will be Murakami’s first outdoor sculpture exhibit in the United States.

Gothamist on Murakami and his rendering of Kate Moss for W.