Saint Phalle produced jewelry, lamps, and perfumes, between 1970-80. Some of them (jewelry and perfumes) were produced in limited editions which included vases, in order to partially finance the construction of a park in Garavicchio, Tuscany, Italy; while lamps funded personal health issues: “And so I made a sculpture for a mass-produced perfume, and I finance[d] the garden with the money I ma[d]e from that perfume. I wanted to go back to the thirties and those magnificent bottles designed by artists.” Saint Phalle began building the Tarot Garden (Il Giardino dei Tarocchi) in 1978 and took 20 years to complete it. Opened to the public in 1998, she considered it her dream come true and continued working on it until her death in 2002.
“I had this dream of building a huge sculpture garden, but there are no great patrons any more. So I thought: ‘Why don’t I become my own patron?’ And so I made a sculpture for a mass-produced perfume, and I finance[d] the garden with the money I ma[d]e from that perfume.” —Niki de Saint Phalle, 1985.