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Niki de Saint Phalle

Niki de Saint Phalle

If you ever go to Paris, you must visit "The Stravinsky Fountain" (La Fontaine Stravinsky), created in 1983 by sculptors Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). It is near the Centre Georges Pompidou, which is another must-see landmark. It's one of my favorites in Paris. The sixteen works in the fountain were inspired by Stravinsky's "The Rites of Spring". I was fortunate to stumble upon this wonderful fountain of fun and fantasy during my first trip to Paris in 2001. 

Ms. de Saint Phalle also created "The Tarot Garden" in Tuscany, Italy; a larger-than-life sculpture park inspired by Tarot card symbols. It took almost 20 years to create and opened in 1998.

These b+w photos of Niki are from Vogue | January 1968. They show the emergence of what we would later see in three-dimensional form in both the fountain and the tarot garden — the "Nanas" which she became so well-known for. 

B Altman Ads from Vogue January 1967

B Altman Ads from Vogue January 1967

Mod Men's Ties

Mod Men's Ties