On this day in ...
... 2002 (10 years ago today), Niki de Saint Phalle (left) died in La Jolla, California, 71 years after she was born Catherine Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint Phalle in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. (1964 photo credit)
By age 7 she was living in the United States; by age 18 she'd already displayed artistic inclinations and was modeling for Vogue. At her death The New York Times described her as "a Franco-American artist internationally known for her colorful, monumental, cartoonlike sculptures and environments," and a "heroine to feminism before the modern movement even emerged." Among her iconic creations were nanas, balloonish sculptures of voluptuous women. (photo credit) Some may be found in her Tarot Garden in Tuscany.
(Prior May 21 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)