Niki de Saint Phalle

“ALTAR  O.A.S” –  Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002)

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The Escondido Arts Partnership is pleased to announce that we are exhibiting ALTAR O.A.S.  a bronze sculpture by Niki De Saint Phalle (1930-2002) on loan from the Niki Charitable Art Foundation to the Escondido Arts Partnership. ALTAR O.A.S. is free for the public to view.

The altar is a bronze cast of the work Saint Phalle made in 1962. In the 90’s, the artist, willing to venture with new materials, revisits some of her early assemblage sculptures and casts them in bronze. In addition to fixing the art-works into a timeless material, the shining metal gives them an interesting and precious aspect. In the case of this altar, it almost looks like a true holy relic.

Information Regarding Niki de Saint Phalle

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Niki de Saint Phalle is a renowned international artist who is known for her grand and whimsical figures created through bright mosaics. She is recognisable in San Diego through her public works of art such as Coming Together at the San Diego Convention Center, Sun God at the University of California San Diego, and Queen Califia’s Magical Circle at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.

The City of Escondido is seeking adult volunteers to serve as greeters at Queen Califia’s Magical Circle sculpture garden in Kit Carson Park. The sculpture garden is located on the western side of Kit Carson Park in the Iris Sankey Arboretum. No specific knowledge of art is required, just a desire to allow the public to experience artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s only American sculpture garden. High School students seeking to volunteer are required to volunteer in pairs. High School students: this activity may qualify for Community Service hours! Click here for more details 


“I am condemned to show everything. That is my 
task. Every thought every emotion I feel and think is made visible and becomes a color a texture a subject a form.”  –  Niki de Saint Phalle


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