FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519
The City of Escondido has completed Phase I of its repairs of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park and will reopen it to the public on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Public Art Commissioners will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer questions.
Complete restoration of the exhibit is estimated to involve an additional 12 months. In the short term, the exhibit will be open for docent tours and for individual/group visits by appointment only. To schedule a tour, please contact Kristina Owens, Associate Planner, at (760) 839-4519 at least two weeks prior to the requested tour date.
The Public Art Commission and City staff members currently are working on plans for the exhibit to be open to the public on set days and times during the week. The Commission is seeking volunteers for positions as docents and as exhibit supervisors. If interested in volunteering, please contact Kristina Owens at 760-839-4519.
Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by 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 Saint Phalle's later work.