Destination California: Queen Califia’s Magic Circle

Destination California

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KTLA) – Sculpture masterpieces are usually found indoors – housed and protected in an important museum.

However, there’s a large, one-of-a-kind sculptural artwork designed to be enjoyed outdoors in Southern California.

A mirrored maze leads visitors inside a 4-foot circular “snake wall.”

We were invited to touch the tens of thousands of individually hand-cut glass, ceramic, and stone mosaics.

It’s the only American sculpture garden created by artist Niki de Saint Phalle.

It salutes Queen Califia, the source of California’s name.

The internationally-renowned self-taught artist is famous for creating monumental-scale sculpture gardens.

This one in Tuscany, Italy – The Tarot Garden – she considered her life’s work.

It has a connection to the Escondido assemblage.

Niki de Saint Phalle died May 21, 2002, before seeing the completion of her magical garden, which opened to the public in 2003.

Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't miss

Latest News

More News