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Escondido: Winged mystery( Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times )
Don't worry so much about where Escondido is. Just introduce your kid, or your own childish self, to the seriously fanciful artist Niki de Sante Phalle, who died in 2002. She's best known for kooky creatures that almost beg to be climbed. Her last major international project was Queen Califia's Magical Circle, out here in super-suburban Escondido, 20 miles east of Carlsbad. Now, just whose wings are casting the shadow in this image?
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