Rear view of gold statue of naked woman with lightning bolt hair and lighting bolts grasped in both hands, perched atop a spire.

Miss Electra, Power Goddess

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Birmingham, Alabama

"Miss Electra" has lightning bolts for hair and no clothes. Her sculptor named her "Divinity of Light" when she was dedicated on May 10, 1926, but the less-stuffy Miss Electra was adopted by locals, and the name stuck.

Electra stands on tiptoes 20 stories above ground, on the roof of the Alabama Power Building. She appears to be ready to either 1) hurl benevolent electricity into downtown, or 2) fry Birmingham evil-doers with a bolt from the blue. Although 23 feet tall, she is the smallest of the city's three mythical giants, trailing a replica Statue of Liberty (36 feet) and Vulcan the Iron Man (56 feet).

Rear view of gold statue of naked woman with lightning bolt hair and lighting bolts grasped in both hands.

Electra is butt naked, like Vulcan, but her lofty perch keeps gawkers at a respectful distance.

Miss Electra, Power Goddess

600 18th St. N., Birmingham, AL
Downtown, high atop the Alabama Power Building, on the northwest corner of 6th Ave. N. and 18th St. N.
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