“one of the last works of Niki de Saint Phalle”
Queen Califia's Magical Circle is a sculpture garden located in Escondido, California. It is one of the last works of French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. The garden is named after Califia, the fictional warrior queen of the mythical Island of California, and inspired by California's rich history and culture. It includes a circular wall and maze entryway, ten large sculptures, and native trees and shrubs planted both inside the plaza and around the outer wall. The garden is part of a 12-acre habitat in Kit Carson Park's Iris Sankey Arboretum, and was opened to the public on October 26, 2003.
It’s open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 12 PM so plan that into your visit. The first time I tried to go it was closed for the holidays. It’s a nice place to go and walk around. It’s in a nice park behind a school. You get some good views from the trail surrounding Queen Califia’s as well.
I went a few months ago and it is open on certain days but are closed a lot due to repairs. It's a really cool but small place. Nice for a quick day trip and to go get lunch afterwards or walk around the surrounding park area.
The kids that were around seemed to really love it!
Closed for repairs
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Queen Califia's Magic Circle
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