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Photohunt: Sparkle


Queen Califia Magical Circle

This week's Photohunt theme is sparkle. I visited Niki de Saint Phalle's sculpture garden - Queen Califia Magic Circle - while I was in San Diego in March. It was a cool Spring day. The sun was passing in and out of the clouds. It alternated between gray cloud shadows and brilliant white sun. And when the sun came out, the sculptures sparkled.

The head pictured above is part of the snake wall and the gateway that leads you into the magical world. In the center is Queen Califia on her eagle throne. She sparkles in gold. You can just see the eagle head mirrored and peaking at the bottom. Surrounding her are many totems representing both Mexican and Native American imagery also covered in a wide range of colored mirrored tiles.

It was magical, dream like and a joy. I felt like a kid as I walked around exploring the textures and discovered many different views and visions. Here are some more pictures of the sculptures.

Queen Califia Magical Circle
Queen Califia on her eagle throne

Queen Califia Magical Circle

Queen Califia Magical Circle
Snake wall

Queen Califia Magical Circle

Queen Califia Magical Circle
Step Totem

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Comments (12)

Wow, what an incredible place. I'd love to visit it too. Beautiful sparkles!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Marta, wonderful collection of photos and a great take on this week's theme. This is a really cool collection of art sculptures. Very unique, creative and sparkly.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Colorful art can be so happiness inducing, can't it? :)

WOW!!! Those are amazing! My sparkle post is up at http://homeschoolblogger.com/prodoceo/666864/

They looks pretty...happy hunting.

What a fantastic sculpture garden. I could spend days wandering around there. You definitely have my favorite sparkles so far.

What a wild and sparkly place.

THey are wonderful! Great take on the theme!


Looks like a fun place to visit :)


WOW, sparkly indeed!

I am going back to San Diego in July. Perhaps the grandkids will enjoy a visit to that garden.

Great photos for the theme! So colorful!

I may need to plan a visit there!

Perfect photos for the theme!! I really enjoy seeing these sculptures on your blog.

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