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A Peek at the Imaginative Tarot Garden in Tuscany, Italy

I thought I had done Italy enough to feel like, in my travels, I could venture on to new destinations…wrong.   I am obsessed with Il Giardino dei Tarocchi and it’s creator Niki de Saint Phalle.
Located in Tuscany, Italy, it is an overwhelming sculpture garden created by a fascinating woman.  It is near impossible to not feel a little dizzy with stimulation from this garden.

Il Giardino dei Tarocchi and it's creator Niki de Saint Phalle

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I giardino dei tarocchi by niki de saint phalle

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I know I don’t need to, but I can’t decide which photos to share so I am going overboard.   I am awe inspired.  Can you imagine the time it must have taken to create this masterpiece?  Ceramics in the garden gone overboard.

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At the Website, you can read about the creator Niki Matthews/ Niki de Saint Phalle. She was a stunning woman, the likes of whom I admire intensely. She was clearly able and willing to create an artists life full of amazing adventures, beautiful things, and fascinating friends. I wonder if there is a biography of her, I am wanting more.

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1. Tarot-Garden of Niki de Saint Phalle, 2. Tarot-Garden of Niki de Saint Phalle, 3. Tarot-Garden of Niki de Saint Phalle , 4. XI – La Force

Il giardino del tarochii italy
1. DSCN0672, 2. Tarot Garden / Niki de saint Phalle, 3. Untitled, 4. The Moon

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  1. michelle d.

    May 14th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Once again , a great informational blog post about art in the garden.
    Though I’m not crazy over all of the art work of Niki de Saint Phalle, I am in awe of her verve and passion for her art.
    I’d love to visit this garden and if you hear of a book written about her life and garden I would enjoy the opportunity to read it.

  2. Jana

    May 14th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    It really looks like you found fun and inspiration at the Tarot Garden. If you are interested, there are 2 autobiographies out written by Niki:
    1. Traces. Remembering 1930-1949. ISBN-10: 2940033439
    2. Harry and Me. 1950-1960 The Family Years. ISBN-10: 371651442X

  3. rochelle

    May 14th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    thanks Jana– I will look into both of them. Have you been to this garden?

  4. Heather

    May 15th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    That’s amazing! It must have taken forever to put that together!

  5. Helen

    May 29th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve been a huge fan of Nike de Saint Phalle for years! And like you I’m inspired. As a mosaic artist myself, I am blown away by the crazy surfaces and color she creates with all manner of bits and pieces. I dream of visiting this garden and a whole list of other wonderful mosaic sites in Europe. Thanks for featuring it!

  6. Michele

    April 1st, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Absolutely stunning! One more reason I want to get to Italy:) I think I’ll look into those books to hold me over

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