Queen Califia’s Magical Circle

Recently we were invited to join several other full-time traveling families for an evening of meeting and eating. Since our home-base was an hour away, we decided to leave early and make a couple of stops along the way. One of those stops was at the Kit Carson Park in Escondido to check out this Roadside America attraction.

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is one of the last works of French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. The garden is named after Calafia, the fictional warrier queen of the mythical island of California.

As we approached the Magical Circle, we could see the tops of the brightly tiled sculptures; but, we couldn’t get to them before walking through a black/white/mirrored maze. The maze felt like a doorway between reality and magic. (We read later that Phalle’s intent for the maze was just that.)

The interior sculpture garden was beautiful. Such color and detail. Hopefully our photos give you a glimpse of this artist’s creative work.

 

 

Queen Calfia's Magical Circle

Queen Calfia's Magical Circle

Leaving the real world behind, entering the gateway to magic

Leaving the real world behind, entering the gateway to magic

A glimpse of Queen Califia riding an eagle

A glimpse of Queen Califia riding an eagle

Look at the detail

Look at the detail

Lips just asking for a smooch

Lips just asking for a smooch

Queen Califia riding into battle

Queen Califia riding into battle

Queen Califia

Queen Califia

Maze - dead end

Maze - dead end

Love the color

Love the color

Detail

Detail

Eye think you're beautiful

Eye think you're beautiful

Deep blue

Deep blue

Harrison engulfed in a nightly display

Harrison engulfed in a nightly display

MsBoyink checking out the blue base of a sculpture

MsBoyink checking out the blue base of a sculpture

I look good with these blues

I look good with these blues

Detail

Detail

Design

Design

Family Portrait

Family Portrait

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