THE FANTASTIC PARADISE, 1966
Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely
Narrator: The Fantastic Paradise, was originally created for the World Fair in Montreal in 1967. In The Fantastic Paradise Niki de Saint Phalle’s colourful, life-affirming, rotund female figures are set against Jean Tinguely’s black, jagged, rattling machines. In the warm season, the figures are set in motion, spurting water that trickles here and there. It is said that there was an orange tree in the Garden of Eden, and that is why there are orange trees in many convent gardens. Naturally, there should be one in this Paradise. Look carefully, and you will find it.