Niki de Saint Phalle's Tarot Garden

November 13th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

And speaking of Tarot places to visit in Europe. If you happen to be near the town of Capalbio in Tuscany, Italy, go see Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden.

This incredible artist passed on in 2002, but the fantastical mosaic garden she created is still there, a wonder for Tarot lovers everywhere. Twenty-two gigantic sculptures, all inspired by the archetypes of the Tarot deck. It’s absolutely beautiful.

Some of the sculptures are little buildings you can walk into, like the mirrored Temperance, and the one bedroom Empress flat.

One bosom is a kitchen, the other a bedroom. You can sit on her back and look out to the Mediterranean. Niki de Saint Phalle lived in it while she was building the garden. What a dream!

You can see it here in this video.

And here’s a slideshow of the whole park. I don’t know the people pictured, but they seem like a lovely family.

What a magical place. Thank you Niki de Saint Phalle!

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