One fantastic sculpture by renowned French-American sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle presently stands at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Those who pass by the cultural center on their way up North Escondido Boulevard can’t fail to miss it.
I stopped by to have a look at the monumental sculpture, which is titled Grande Step Totem.
A plaque near its base is weathered and cracked and is difficult to read now. I’ve tried to transcribe the English portion of it accurately:
Grande Step Totem
Based in Native American spirituality, Saint Phalle’s Totem is more solemn than much of her work. With a muted color palette and subject matter, this piece encourages introspection. The Totem returned to Escondido on December 19, 2012 after spending the summer on view with several other Saint Phalle pieces on Park Avenue in New York City.
NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE
Polyurethane foam resin, steel armature, ceramic tiles, stained glass, tumbled stone.
As you can see, some construction work was being done around the base of the sculpture when I visited last weekend. Here are my photos…
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