The Firebird

By Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

 'Le Grand Oiseau de Feu sur l'Arche', also known as the Firebird or Disco Chicken by the locals, was created by Niki de Saint Phalle and is permanently located in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC.

The Firebird by Niki de Saint Phalle (2020) by AVO InsightsBechtler Museum of Modern Art

To the left of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art sits the 17-foot-5-inch-tall whimsical sculpture, The Firebird or Le Grand Oiseau de Feu sur l'Arche, designed by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle.

The Firebird by Niki de Saint Phalle (2010) by Gary O'BrienBechtler Museum of Modern Art

A shimmering 17-foot-5-inch-tall whimsical sculpture greets visitors to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Completed in 1991, The Firebird or Le Grand Oiseau de Feu sur l'Arche, was designed by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle.

This monumental outdoor sculpture was purchased by Andreas Bechtler in 2006 and installed on the plaza in front of the museum in October 2009.

It is now a permanent part of the Bechtler collection. De Saint Phalle’s work is often categorized within the context of Nouveau réalisme, a movement founded in 1960 by the art critic Pierre Restany and the painter Yves Klein during the first collective exposition in the Apollinaire gallery in Milan. Members of this group, including de Saint Phalle, tended to see the world as an image from which they could take parts and incorporate them into their works.

With its reflective surface, the sculpture interacts with its surroundings: traffic, trees, buildings, and pedestrians bringing art and life closer together and is highly representative of her work.

The Firebird Installation (2009) by UnknownBechtler Museum of Modern Art

The 2009 installation of The Firebird sculpture in front of the Bechtler.

The Firebird Installation (2009) by UnknownBechtler Museum of Modern Art

The 2009 installation of The Firebird sculpture in front of the Bechtler.

The Firebird Installation (2009) by UnknownBechtler Museum of Modern Art

Final 2009 installation of The Firebird .

Andreas Bechtler with the final installation of the Firebird (2009) by UnknownBechtler Museum of Modern Art

Andreas Bechtler standing with the final installation of The Firebird in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in 2009.

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