Niki de Saint Phalle

 
 
1998
steel polystyrene foam, polyurthane, automotive paint, electronic component, light bulbs, and iron base
elephant: 128 x 62 x 58 in. (325.1 x 157.5 x 147.3 cm); mouse: 26 x 18 x 15 in. (66.0 x 71.1 x 38.1 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of Ron and Mary Taylor to honor Martha Longnecker, Founder, Mingei International Museum of Folk Art.© 2012 Niki Charitable Art Foundation. All rights reserved / ARS, NY / ADAGP, Paris. Photo by Pablo Mason.

Niki de Saint Phalle's sculpture of the Hindu god Ganesh shows her interest in mythology and storytelling. Ganesh is the Hindu god of the arts, sciences, success, education, and wisdom. De Saint Phalle shows a great deal of craftsmanship in the form of this piece, in addition to her colorful and precise painting on the sculpture itself.

Big Ganesh was created in 1998. French artist de Saint Phalle came to San Diego later in her life and is a world renowned sculptural artist. Her work can also be found locally at Balboa Park and the University of California, San Diego campus.

1998
steel, polystyrene foam, polyurthane, automotive paint, electronic component, light bulbs, and iron base
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of Ron and Mary Taylor to honor Martha Longnecker, Founder, Mingei International Museum of Folk Art. © 2012 Niki Charitable Art Foundation. All rights reserved / ARS, NY / ADAGP, Paris. Photo by Pablo Mason