Queen Califia's Magical Garden The only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by Niki de Saint Phalle (born France, 1930-2002). Inspired by California’s mythic, historic and cultural roots, the garden, like the state itself, takes its name from the legendary black Amazon queen, Califia, who was believed to rule a terrestrial island paradise of gold and riches. The garden opened to the public on October 26, 2003.
Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) is renowned around the world. As we can see here, she made larger-than-life sculptures of the fantastic and the wonderful. Above is a piece from her famous Tarot Garden in Tuscany, with all sculptures representing symbols of the tarot.