Sun God: front view with sculpture supported by vine-covered, concrete arch
- Creation Date
De Saint Phalle's Sun God was the first work commissioned by the Stuart Collection and was her first outdoor commission in America. The exuberantly colored, fourteen-foot bird is placed atop a fifteen-foot concrete arch and sited on a grassy area between the Faculty Club and Mandeville Auditorium.
"This was the first work in the Stuart Collection. Niki came with Jean Tinguely to look and talk about ideas. She came up with this large bird welcoming people to the campus. Students started the Sun God Festival the year after it was installed, 1984, and it has become the largest annual event on campus except graduations. The Sun God is made of fiberglass with a steel armature on the inside. The colors are acrylic resin and the crown is gold leaf. Students say that to get an A on an exam one must walk backwards through the A-shaped arch." - Mary Beebe, Stuart Collection Director
- Physical Description
mixed media; concrete; fiberglass; gilding; gold leaf; acrylic paint; 14 feet (height)
- Corporate Name
Mandeville Center: University of California, San Diego; La Jolla, California, United States
Point: 32.878565, -117.239716
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Architecture and City Planning
Garden and Landscape
Sculpture and Installations
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- Cohen, Becky (American photographer, contemporary)
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