L´oiseau Amoureux Fontaine
I wanted to get closer to the roles women are brought about to play in society. Whether it´s the woman giving birth, the whore, the devoting (devouring) mother, the bride.
- Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002)
By Ekebergparkens water pond stands a majestic and colorful birdlike creature spreading its huge wings in the air. Its body is embraced by one of Niki de Saint Phalles iconic Nanas, which represents fertility, freedom and love. In the summer seasons the sculpture will spray jets of water out into the air. Niki de Saint Phalle was one of few female sculptors in her generation to make monumental sculptures. She always created art in her own way and resisted all accepted artistic norms. Her art has been described as feminine, monumental and performative. She was very productive and also created inflatable toys, jewelry, movies and perfumes. Today many of her colorful creations is placed in public spheres all over Europe, USA and Japan.
Niki de Saint Phalle: L´ouiseau Amoureux Fontaine, 1993 © 2020 Niki Charitable Art Foundation / BONO 2021