Thursday, March 3, 2011

CALOSTIMUCU

This wooden sculpture is located just over the bridge in Punta Gorda near one of the areas we park for our walk.  I believe the name means "The Whispering Giant" and is an effigy to the first people that inhabited the area.  I should have taken the photo with one of us in it so it's size would be more apparent; it is quite large.

The street side shows an Indian face...
with a flying eagle carved at the top...
It may seem strange but as often as we have walked or driven by this sculpture, we never noticed that the back side is not the back of a head but a different face completely...
and rather than the flying eagle, there is a beaver...
In our defense, the back side does not face the street but faces the side lawn of a residence.

To us, the most amazing thing about this sculpture is the fact that it survived Hurricane Charlie, although the two hotels located across the street sustained extensive damage.  The Best Western was repaired and has reopened, the Holiday Inn was completely destroyed. 

Thanks for stopping by...
;o)

2 comments:

  1. That beaver doesn't look very happy. Neither does the face on that side. Maybe the native people really hated beavers.

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