Come play pétanque!

Now at di Rosa! Everyone is invited to play pétanque during your visit on our beautiful pétanque courts, a hands-on art installation by renowned Bay Area artist Paul Kos. 

Pétanque is a French boules sport that has played a role in his artistic practice for decades.

Kos’ relationship with the game played a role in the creation of his di Rosa masterpiece Chartres Bleu (1982-86)—and his site-specific installation Zizi Va (1994), a functioning pétanque court which has been newly refurbished for ongoing public use.

The di Rosa pétanque courts and equipment are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The two courts are located behind Gallery 2. Simply leave your photo I.D. with the gallery attendant in Gallery 2 to check out the equipment.

We invite you to bring a picnic and a bottle of wine and make a day of it.


Paul Kos’ masterpiece Chartres Bleu, 1982-86 (left) and pétanque boules. Pétanque is sometimes called “French bocce” ball. We invite you to give it a try!