Il Giardino dei Tarocchi, Tuscany’s esoteric garden

Il Giardino dei Tarocchi, Tuscany’s esoteric garden

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Il Giardino dei Tarocchi, a picturesque park located in Garavicchio, pays homage to the esoteric world of tarot. Placed near Pescia Fiorentina (Capalbio, Tuscany), the Tarot Garden was created by the Franco-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). It is composed of statues of intense and vivid colours inspired by the tarot major arcana figures. Although kitsch and naive in appearance, these enormous and explosive sculptures, in fact, combine art, architecture, and crafts. Besides that, they unveil a oneiric and spiritual aura.

Inspired by the Gaudí’s infamous Parc Güell in Barcelona and the Bomarzo garden in Viterbo (central Italy), Niki de Saint Phalle began the construction of the Tuscan Tarot Garden in 1979. Counting on a team of famous artists and architects, de Saint Phalle dedicated 17 years of her life to the construction of the 22 massive figures present in the monumental garden. The sculptures are made in steel and concrete, covered by coloured glass, mirrors, and ceramics. It was completed in 1996 and finally opened its doors to the public in 1998. The Tarot Garden is a perfect visit for children and adults, who are attracted by the esoteric and mysterious events of past, present, and future.

Open from April 1 to October 15, from 2 to 7.30 pm. Admission, EUR12


Il Giardino dei Tarocchi, el jardín esotérico de Toscana

Il Giardino dei Tarocchi, parque artístico ubicado en Garavicchio, cerca de Pescia Fiorentina (Capalbio, Toscana), rinde homenaje al mundo esotérico del tarot. Creado por la artista franco-estadounidense Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), se compone básicamente de estatuas de colores intensos y vivos inspiradas en las figuras de los arcanos mayores del tarot. Aunque de apariencia kitsch y naïf, estas esculturas enormes y explosivas en realidad aúnan arte, arquitectura y artesanía, y desprenden un gran halo onírico y espiritual.

Inspirada por el Parque Güell de Antoni Gaudí en Barcelona y por el jardín de Bomarzo, Niki de Saint Phalle comenzó la construcción del Jardín del Tarot en 1979. Con la ayuda de un equipo de artistas y arquitectos afamados, Niki de Saint Phalle dedicó 17 años de su vida a la construcción de estas 22 figuras imponentes de acero y hormigón cubiertas con vidrio coloreado, espejos y cerámica. Terminado en 1996, el Jardín del Tarot abrió sus puertas al público en 1998. Una visita perfecta para niños y adultos, atraídos por los misteriosos designios de los acontecimientos personales pasados, presentes y futuros.

Abierto del 1 de abril al 15 de octubre, de 14:30 a 19:30 horas. Entrada 12 EUR

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Paco Neumann

Paco Neumann is a journalist, photographer, proofreader, flâneur and perpetual amateur currently living in between Florence, Berlin and Tenerife. He´s been a regular contributor to fashion, art, trend and lifestyle magazines and worked for news, advertising and communication agencies

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