Niki in the Garden

>> Saturday, December 23, 2006

Today Jo and I went to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the Niki in the Garden exhibit before it closes later this week. I've been eager to see it for months but, of course, didn't make time for it until the very last minute. I'm so glad we went. Jo put it best when she saw the very first exhibit - this lady in the fountain. "Wow."

The artist is Niki de Saint Phalle and the sculptures are mostly huge and covered with mosaic. Lots of them are covered with mirrored bits, which are beautiful in person, but tough to photograph.

One of my favorites was this giant sun/bird guy.

He's almost all mirrors and Jo enjoyed looking at her many reflections.

I also loved this giant skull. The boldness of the design and the Day of the Dead-ishness made me think of some of Jane Sassaman's quilts.

The outside is amazing, but so is the inside - all mirrored with a bench built into it.

Jo's favorite was less fantastical - a giant cat suitable for climbing. . .

And sitting inside on the bench built into it.

Wow! Great stuff.


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