NEW YORK (Kyodo) Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at Rockefeller Center here to launch his largest U.S. exhibition yet, with people costumed as fuzzy replicas of his creations at his side.

Murakami’s installation is called Reversed Double Helix, which refers to DNA strands and plays upon Murakami’s universe of mutant cartoon characters.

It features a 9-meter-tall “Tongari-kun,” or Mr. Pointy. “I was thinking that the spire atop Mr. Pointy is a communication center with outer space,” Murakami said. “I wanted to bring in different aspects of cultures, even cultures that are not yet there. The arms of Mr. Pointy refer to aspects of Buddhism, animism and other religions.”

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