Three large mosaic sculptures by an internationally renowned French artist long associated with San Diego were unveiled Sunday at the waterfront park in downtown San Diego.
“There will be thousands and thousands of people who will see these pieces,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts, an architect by training, who helped select the sculptures.
Saint Phalle, who was married to Swiss kinetic artist Jean Tinguely, moved to La Jolla in 1993 following his death and lived and worked here until her death in 2002.
Three generations of her family — daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter — were on hand for the unveiling ceremony.
“We’re very proud and very happy that she continues to be part of San Diego. She felt really adopted,” said Bloum Cardenas, her granddaughter.
She said her grandmother would be very pleased with the public location because she believed “art is not separated or segregated from life.”
The unveiling in front of the County Administration Center was the start of a five-hour event designed to celebrate Mother’s Day and give summer an early welcome, with live music, food trucks, zip lines and children’s activities.