This week’s Photohunt theme is sparkle. I visited Niki de Saint Phalle’s sculpture garden – Queen Califia Magic Circle – while I was in San Diego in March. It was a cool Spring day. The sun was passing in and out of the clouds. It alternated between gray cloud shadows and brilliant white sun. And when the sun came out, the sculptures sparkled.
The head pictured above is part of the snake wall and the gateway that leads you into the magical world. In the center is Queen Califia on her eagle throne. She sparkles in gold. You can just see the eagle head mirrored and peaking at the bottom. Surrounding her are many totems representing both Mexican and Native American imagery also covered in a wide range of colored mirrored tiles.
It was magical, dream like and a joy. I felt like a kid as I walked around exploring the textures and discovered many different views and visions. Here are some more pictures of the sculptures.
Queen Califia on her eagle throne
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