Art should be considered one of the human wonders (with few animals) . If you love tarot cards, mysticism, art, an architecture where you can retreat from the stress of everyday life, search no more. I found an artist & her artwork that is needed to all of us, colorful and unreal, Tarot Garden – located in Tuscany, Italy about 100 km north-west of Rome along the coast.
Astonishing aesthetical and architectural Tarot Garden (Il Giardino dei Tarocchi) was a project that started during the late seventies by the French-American sculptor, painter & filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle .
Her idea to build a sculpture garden was highly inspired by Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain as she discovered the works of Antoni Gaudí. The whole idea also definitely inspired her to use diverse materials in this project so if you ever get the chance to visit Tuscany and walk through this amazing living artwork inspired by the esoterical story of Tarot you will notice colorful shapes, mixed cement, clay, plastic, glass and spikes that will make you think you stepped into the whole another dimension, which I believe is the whole point behind it.
Even Niki herself mentioned that putting the gate outside should also remind people that they are stepping into the other world.
High Priestess as the pioneer sculpture
In 1978. she built the initial models based on the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck. In no time, even the local residents joined in on the project of building the Tarot Garden.
First sculpture built was the one of the High Priestess, while the biggest one – The Empress, designed in the format of a sphinx served Niki as her studio & home during the construction of the Tarot Garden, for almost 7 years.
“The sculptures are larger than life and are interactive. We climbed upon them, went inside them, and walked around them. In fact, they are so large that one became the artist’s home while she brought her vision to life. They are meant to be played with. In a video about the park, Niki de Saint Phalle said, “I love it when people touch everything. It is part of the garden not only to look but to touch and feel.
The sculptural structures were built of welded iron and steel by the artist’s husband, artist Jean Tinguely, along with local workers. Wire mesh was stretched over the models then sprayed with concrete, which were then blanketed completely in brilliant mosaics, achieved with an abundance of mirrors, ceramics, and glass. There is so much to look at that the sculptures seem almost alive with the busyness of the artistic scheme. “The whole garden reminds me in a way of a medieval church where every little corner is filled with something,” the late artist had stated. “I have a passion for detail, so in every little nook and cranny there is something to look at.” (source: here )
“The Fool’s number is 0, no number, but for me 0 is a number. The Fool in the tarot deck is as strong as all the other cards put together. Why? Because he represents man on his spiritual quest. Not knowing where he is going, the Fool is ready to discover. He is the hero of the fairy tales who appears dim witted but is able to find the “treasure” where others have failed.” -Excerpt quote of Niki de Saint Phalle, The Tarot Garden book
“Saint Phalle would change The Fool’s location and have moved him twice in the past. He is currently installed by The World. He may be moved again in the future to keep him wandering, or not. His current placement reminds one of the current world migrations now happening due to war and climate change. ”
“The Empress is the great goddess, she is the queen of the sky. Mother, Whore, Emotion. sacred magic and civilization. The Empress which I made in the form of a Sphinx. I lived for years inside this protective mother. She also served for headquarter for my meetings with the crew. It was here we all had coffee breaks. On all she exerted a fatal attraction.”
-Niki de Saint Phalle on “Empress”
So in case you want to visit the garden here is their website with all the pieces of information you will need.
Niki had a really fascinating life, and I will definitely cover her tarot deck and cover her story in the astrological section too. You wouldn’t believe but the women she crossed her faith with made the Garden of the Zodiac. It’s a mystery all over in this double Scorpio case.
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