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The Tarot Garden (Giardino Dei Tarocchi) is an exploration of the human condition whose medium is mosaic on a monumental scale. These almost impossibly brightly coloured combinations of buildings and sculpture reflect the metaphysical qualities represented by the 22 main tarot cards (the major arcana). They're not concerned with the fortune-telling uses of the cards, rather the elements of life's experience.
The Work of the creation of the garden began in 1979 and the main part of the work was carried out in the 1980s; it was officially opened to the public in May 1998. During construction Niki de Saint Phalle lived in the sphinx-like Empress, a mirror-glassed cavern with kitchen, bedroom and bathroom leading off.
The Garden is situated close to the coast in the south of the Italian province of Tuscany. It is about 70 miles (110 kilometres) northwest of Rome, near the town of Capalbio. Some of the most important works of art of the park are:
The Fountain, A cascade flows over blue steps leading from the mouth of The High Priestess, and collects in a large pool. A moving metal sculpture (The Wheel of Fortune), designed by Niki's late husband and collaborative partner Jean Tinguely, sprays jets of water into the air. A stepped path leads up through the arch of The Sun towards the Hierophant (or Pope) and the serpents' heads of the "Tree of Life" (inside which is the Hanged Man). The next picture shows the High Priestess face on, the sight which greets you as you approach up a dusty slope from the entrance gate.
The High Priestess, with The Magician above her, in mirror glass.
The "venerable ox-eyed" High Priestess is the embodiment of Juno, the feisty protectress of women. For Niki de Saint Phalle, she also represents the irrational unconscious with all its potential. The "Bird of Juno". The Magician is associated with qualities such as imagination, originality, creativity and determination to see a task through to completion even against great odds.
This card could be a fitting symbol for the achievement of the Garden itself, in the face of many considerable difficulties, but the artist connects this card with the divine creator of "the marvelous joke of our paradoxical world".
This is an ancient metaphor for the destruction of things thought to be safe and secure.
This is a particularly creepy and powerful statue. It's almost a caricature, but the vividness of the colour makes it unsettling. The Devil symbolises enslavement and "the loss of personal freedom through addictions of any kind".
Nikli de Saint Phalle was Influenced by Gaudí´s Parc Güell in Barcelona, and the garden in Bomarzo, and decided that she wanted to make something similar; a monumental sculpture park created by a woman. In 1979, she acquired some land in Garavicchio, Tuscany, about 100 km north-west of Rome along the coast. The garden took many years, and a considerable sum of money, to complete. It opened in 1998, after more than 20 years of hard work.