Shelter

Jakesprinter SUNDAY POST : Shelter is this weeks photo challenge for me.

I decided to take two photos I’ve taken on a Italy vacation quite a while ago. We visited Il Giardino dei Tarocchi of Niki de Saint Phalle in the South of Tuscany. I like her kind of artwork which I mostly got introduced to when I lived in Hannover, Germany for a few months. She had a strong bonding to Sprengel Museum and the city itself and left a good amount of her artistic patrimony to museum and city, and she designed the grotto of Herrenhäuser Gärten. Unfortunately she died before she could end her work on the grotto and therefore was never able to see her finished result.

But to come back to the topic Shelter, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely (a swiss artist famous for his moving sculptures made of rusty steel, he also co-designed Strawinski-fountain in front of Centre Pompidou in Paris with her) worked together on Tarot-Garden and lived there together in one of her “sculptures”.

This is the outside view…

and one room inside…

Stepping inside this “home” was unbelievable, like being Alice behind the mirror. My first thought was, wow it must look incredible at night with the lights on, my second thought was, you must go crazy spending more than an hour or so in such a shining place. The whole inside was covered with mirror glass pieces, but it was really a place to live in with fully equipped kitchen and bathroom, both with sign of use.

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17 thoughts on “Shelter

  1. Hi,
    Wow, that is just amazing, I have never seen anything like it. But I do agree, I don’t know if I could actually spend too much time inside, an hour sounds about right. Still it looks stunning. :)

  2. Hoffentlich werden die Arbeiten in Hannover inzwischen besser angenommen. Ihr 1. Werk am Leineufer im Rahmen des Strassenkunst-Programms war damals ein ziemliches Hassobjekt. Als junger Bursche habe ich ihre 1. Ausstellung im Kunstverein Hannover gesehen.

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