Her “nana” sculptures explore the various roles of women and celebrate the bodies of females and children. The interactive sculpture Ricardo Cat resembles these “nana” scultpures and takes the form of a colorful, whimsical cat. It doubles as a playhouse for children, inviting them to climb its curved arms and sit on its flat lap. Ricardo Cat is located in Laumeier Sculpture Park in 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.
Year Completed: 1999
Material: Urethane skin on steel, ceramic tile, stained glass, mirrors, stones in epoxy and silicone grouts
Donor: Laumeier Sculpture Park commission