Mingei International Museum and NTC Foundation Art in Public Places Committee worked together to bring the Museum's beloved large-scale sculpture Nikigator to ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station for an extended "vacation" from her Balboa Park home.  Originally located outside the Museum's Balboa Park location, currently under renovation. The work was created by the late French-American self-taught artist, Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), who spent her final years in La Jolla, making large-scale sculptures covered with mirrors, glass and polished stones not unlike Nikigator. Mingei also continues its longstanding relationship with the Niki de Saint Phalle Foundation, given its numerous accessions over the years by the artist.

The colorful, iconic sculpture will be placed in front of the Dick Laub NTC Command Center, outside Shop Mingei and Café Mingei. Nikigator will provide an interactive experience for visitors, contributing to the thriving arts and culture destination.  

Guests are invited to celebrate Nikigator's vacation at ArtWalk @ LIberty Station  in August.  Mingei Intertantional Museum will host a colorful mosaic collaborative art project at their booth during the event.   

Catch Nikigator while you can! On view August 10 through mid-2020 outside Shop Mingei at the Dick Laub NTC Command Center, 2640 Historic Decatur Road, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station.