Niki in the Garden
In 2006, Niki in the Garden (presented by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.) was the world's largest exhibition of internationally renowned artist Niki de Saint Phalle's outdoor sculptures ever presented. On the scale of Chihuly in the Garden, this spectacular exhibition featured Saint Phalle's imaginative, monumental artwork beautifully displayed throughout the Garden.
The magical and joyful works included enormous animals, mythical figures, totems, sports heroes and most famously her Nanas -- oversized, often dancing, powerful women celebrating life. Massive in scale, some pieces reached as high as 18 feet and were up to 25 feet long. These sculptures, brilliantly embellished with mirrors, glass, semi-precious stones and ceramic mosaics, came to life in all kinds of light, and made Niki NIghts an extremely popular event for Atlanta residents and visitors.
The Garden was the ideal place for Saint Phalle's work to be displayed because of her love of nature. Two of her world famous sculpture gardens, the Tarot Garden in Tuscany, Italy and Queen Califia's Magical Circle in Escondido, California both emphasize the natural placement of her art among the elements.
Niki in the Garden was made possible by the Niki Charitable Art Foundation (NCAF), a non-profit organization committed to the late artist's ideals and the preservation of her legacy for future generations. Bloum Cardenas, Saint Phalle's granddaughter and also a trustee of the NCAF said, "Niki was a force who needed projects, she had a huge drive throughout her life."