Her “nana” sculptures explore the various roles of women and celebrate the bodies of females and children. The sculpture Adam and Eve is a prime example of this sculptural style, painted with decorative patterns and referencing the biblical story of humanity’s first parents in a playful, almost childlike manner. Originally part of the Fontaine Stravinsky, a public fountain with sixteen of Saint Phalle’s and Tinguely’s sculptures located next to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Adam and Eve now sits in the Citygarden in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. As a consequence of years of inhaling toxic polyester fumes while working on her sculptures, Saint Phalle died in her California home on May 21, 2002.
Dimensions: 78″ x 64″ x 54″
Year Completed: 1989
Material: Painted polyester and fiberglass
Owner: Gateway Foundation