Four Niki de Saint Phalle Sculptures Adorn Center

The front lawn of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, grew a little brighter this week with the installation of four massive, colorful sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle.

The sculptures — a maternal totem, a cat and two seals — are on loan from the Niki Charitable Art Foundation for six months to a year, said Carina Courtright, president of the center’s board of trustees.

“I specifically wanted to have people to see them from the street and bring color to the front of the center,” Courtright told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “They’re so joyful. … They kind of personify a lot of what we’re trying to do at the center — playfulness, fun activities and incorporating more things that draw people in.” Read more.