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Queen Califia’s Magical Circle open this Saturday



The city of Escondido is renovating Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, but it’s open to the public for a few hours this Saturday.

The city of Escondido is renovating Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, but it’s open to the public for a few hours this Saturday.

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday May 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California’s mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the gar­den consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular “snake wall” and maze en­tryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter.

The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmis­takable part of de Saint Phalle’s later work. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.


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