From Picasso to Noguchi, 11 Artists Who Designed Spectacular Playgrounds
In 1971, the artist received an invitation from the Jerusalem Foundation to head an architectural sculpture project for the children of Jerusalem. The artist was assisted by Jean Tinguely and in 1972 the sculpture was built. In light of the success of this communal sculpture, the Foundation looked for another opportunity for joint collaboration which it found in the Noah’s Ark built at the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem. The artist created the animals for the Ark in collaboration with the well known international architect Mario Bota. A number of unique original maquettes of animals were created by the artist for the ark, which were presented to the Jerusalem Foundation, and this is one of them.
The Jerusalem Foundation
An enfant terrible ever trying to escape the bourgeois existence into which she was born, Niki de Saint-Phalle taught herself painting and rose to artistic prominence through her colorful monumental outdoor sculptures of extravagantly voluptuous female figures. Early in her career, she became known for the abstract paintings she made by placing paint-filled bags above canvases and shooting them—a form of protest against patriarchy and rigidity. Through her “nanas”, a series of life-size papier maché dolls of the proverbial “everywoman”—including brides and mothers giving birth—de Saint-Phalle contemplated women’s societal roles. Later, inspired by Antoni Gaudí´s Parc Güell in Barcelona, she set out to create something equally impressive but made by a woman; the result was Il Giardino dei Tarocchi (The Tarot Garden), a garden filled with colorful sculptures based on Tarot card symbols, which she created over 20 years on land she acquired in Tuscany.
French, 1930-2002, Paris, France, based in San Diego, CA, United States