While we were in southern CA, we made a quick trip to Kit Carson Park in Escondido. Hidden in this unassuming park is a gem that I had wanted to see since I read about it in Richard's blog awhile back. I was very excited to finally have the chance to experience it myself - Queen Califia's Magical Circle.
Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) created this magnificent sculpture garden inspired by California's roots and her own vivid imagination. It is unlike anything I have ever seen.
The garden is enclosed by a 400 foot long wall topped by undulating snakes which are decorated with colorful mosaics.
In addition to glass of various color, translucency and degrees of reflection, the artist also used a variety of polished and tumbled stones.
The sculptures are truly mind boggling.
I can't imagine the amount of work required to bring the artist's creations to their mosaic glory. (I understand there was a team of workers to do that.)
More of the wall. Those snakes look pretty scary.
This is Queen Califia herself riding astride her 13 foot tall, five legged eagle. Wow!
It even looks pretty cool reflected in one of the mirrors on the maze wall.
It is really an incredible feast for the eyes. I recommend it highly if you are ever in the Escondido area. Pictures just don't do it justice.
The garden is open Tuesday-Sunday - closed Mondays and rainy days. For docent tours and information, call 760-839-4691. To see the website click here.