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‘Surprise Leaky Roof’ Delays Wndr Museum Opening In West Loop, Frustrating Fans

Some art fans who snatched up tickets to the highly anticipated art experience aren't happy.

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s immersive art experience “Let’s Survive Forever” debuted at wndr museum in 2018.
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WEST LOOP — Thanks to a leaky roof, art fans will have to wait another five weeks before exploring a highly anticipated interactive exhibit featuring Yayoi Kusama’s “infinity mirrors.”

The wndr museum at 1130 W. Monroe St., originally set to open Friday, is now expected to open Sept. 21.

“Unfortunately late last night, the museum experienced an unexpected construction issue,” said Travis Paul Martin, a spokesman for wndr museum. 

The museum delayed the opening to fix “the issue properly and ensure everyone has the best experience possible,” Martin added.

On social media, wndr museum attributed the “construction issue” to a “leaky roof” that affected a sculpture.

The art and science pop-up installation drew interest in July after photos and a video circulated online.

The immersive art exhibit includes “Let’s Survive Forever” by Kusama, along with 10 never-before-seen art installations commissioned for the museum.

Ticket holders shelled out $32 for the interactive art experience. 

Martin said reservations for current wndr ticket holders would be “pushed out by exactly five weeks.”


Ticket holders unable to join on the rescheduled date will be “fully refunded and added to the first-access list for newly available tickets,” Martin said.

On Thursday, people took to Twitter to express their frustration with the last-minute rescheduling.

https://twitter.com/marinebiolog1st/status/1030170785363705856

As of Thursday, the website was not accepting new reservations.