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Adora Zerlina Astra.

Gaudy Goddess of Feminine Cosmic Energy

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Aza, which is short for Adora Zerlina Astra ("Beloved One Created of the Stars") was built in late 2012 by sculptor Bruce Anderson. She is a non-denominational goddess, a composite of various deities that Anderson says celebrates the feminine energy of the cosmos. She was built for the owners of Eureka Springs' chili restaurant, whose lawn overlooks a downtown (Basin Spring) park, giving the statue a clear view of the public.

The blue-green creature, made of stained cement, holds an orb in one hand and a heart-shaped scepter in the other. She is covered in hand-cut sparkly tiles that were inspired, according to Anderson, by Hubble Telescope photographs of deep space. Aza, who has a beatific smile, has been variously interpreted as Hindi, Egyptian, and Roman Catholic, and some even think she's a mermaid, although her elaborate robes and large silver aura might be a disadvantage under the sea.

On the same property, atop a stone wall, look for a Humpty Dumpty. God of Male Energy?

Gaudy Goddess of Feminine Cosmic Energy

2 Spring St., Eureka Springs, AR
From US Hwy 62 turn north onto Hwy 23/S. Main St. Drive north a half-mile into town. The road splits; bear left up the hill onto Spring St. As the street veers left, park on the street (if you can). You'll see a sign hanging off a building on the left for Turpentine Creek, and a small park just beyond it. A set of stairs leads up the hill between the Turpentine Creek building and the park. The goddess statue is at the top of those stairs.
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