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Capalbio, Italy

Il Giardino dei Tarocchi

Gigantic mosaic sculptures representing tarot cards fill a garden in Tuscany. 

Niki de Saint Phalle, born Catherine Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint Phalle on October 29, 1930, was a French sculptor and film maker.

In 1978, she began work on a series of 21 large-scale sculptures meant to represent the main figures depicted on Tarot cards. The mosaic covered statues were constructed on the estate of Carlo and Nicola Carracciolo at Garavicchio in Tuscany.

The project was inspired in part by Gaudi’s famous Park Güell, another sculpture and architectural garden, which is located in Barcelona.

Niki’s Tarot garden, or Giardino dei Tarocchi, was not open to the public until May 15,1998, after nearly 20 years of work.

The figures depicted are The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Choice, The Chariot, Justice, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune, Strength, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Falling Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, The Judgement, and The World.