Sun God (statue)

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Artist Niki de Saint Phalle
Year 1983
Type Fiberglass with cement base
Dimensions 8.8 m (29 ft)
Location Stuart Collection, University of California San Diego, La Jolla

Sun God is a monumental statue by French-American sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle located on the campus of the University of California San Diego. The figurative sculpture is a 14-foot (4.3 m) multicolored bird-like creature, perched atop a 15-foot (4.6 m) tall arch-shaped, vine-covered concrete pedestal.

Erected in February 1983 as the first of the Stuart Collection of public art projects, the polyester and fiberglass Sun God has become a unique feature on the UCSD campus. It is located on a grassy area between the Faculty Club and Mandeville Auditorium, on the eastern periphery of the John Muir College campus.

Since the 1980s, the UCSD Associated Students organization has sponsored an annual event, the Sun God Festival, with the statue as its official mascot. Over the years, numerous visual-arts students have accessorized the statue with items such as sunglasses; a cap and gown; an ID card; a large, water-spraying phallus; and even a nest with eggs painted in the statue's trademark bright colors.[1]

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Coordinates: 32°52′42.76″N 117°14′23.08″W / 32.8785444°N 117.2397444°W / 32.8785444; -117.2397444