A very prominent example of public art in San Diego is the large sculpture that stands at the southeast end of the convention center, just across Harbor Drive from Petco Park. The colorful ceramic and mirror mosaic face, called Coming Together, was created by internationally famous artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Two more of her whimsical artistic works can be seen in front of the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park.
Niki has explained that Coming Together represents the essential duality in human beings. The two sides of the composite face have several notable differences. One side is black and white, the other has a range of bright colors. One side is jagged and angular, the other is smooth and curved. One half of the face has long hair, the other half doesn’t.
The striking image that is created, she has explained, is a Western interpretation of yin and yang. The duality includes joy and darkness, and the masculine and the feminine.
Created in 2001, Coming Together has definitely become a well known landmark in downtown San Diego!