The End of the World, 2 Artists…
Niki de Saint Phalle
Westwood, California 1962
Renowned French sculptor and painter in front of one of her works on display at the Dawn Gallery. (Check out her website, http://www.nikidesaintphalle.com – She passed away in 2002 leaving behind incredible creations in public places, one taking 20 years to complete, worked on it until her death, a tarot card garden, very accomplished.)
Renowned Sculptor of Automation
Swiss born master of automation, seen with the horn’ of plenty, one of the components Tinguely gathered at the Flamingo Hotel then trucked out to a dry lake bed near Las Vegas. The assemblage was his interpretation of a spendthrift, all consuming, opulent society addicted to television, bent on a course of self-destruction. After mobilizing the massive work he detonates the explosives creating The End of The World for NBC’s David Brinkley’s Journal.
Jean Tinguely with Niki de Saint Phalle at the dry lake walking through his collection of castoffs of humanity from junk yards and the city dump: TV set, easy chair, burgeoning refrigerator, baby buggy, shopping cart filled with beach balls, a dented water tank with a mangy tree trunk that moves obscenely in and out of the vent. Nevada – 1962
Jean Tinguely strategically places 50 sticks of dynamite and plastic explosives around his desert masterpiece. Nevada- 1962