“Her blue eyes sparkle when bathed in afternoon sunlight.
Her full lips bear an enigmatic Mona Lisa smile.
And she grips a bouquet of flowers that will never die.
Meet Mother Meres — the mural.”
–Terri Bryce Reves, Tarpon Springs Times
Never has turning a corner brought such delight! We were strolling Pinellas Avenue in Tarpon Springs, Florida, with our sights (and stomachs) set on a long-awaited gyro. At Tarpon Avenue something caught our eyes, glinting in the sun. When we pivoted to find the source, we uttered in unison, “Oh wow!”
We’d hit the “mother” lode.
Meet Tarpon Springs’ favorite matriarch – Amelia Petzold Meres – who arrived in 1882 and won the hearts of her neighbors through her good works and garden endeavors. Immortalized in tile and mirrors, and measuring in at 17 feet tall and 22 feet wide, the astounding mural adorns the side of the Meres building.
She is a gift to the city from the Garden Fairies, a group of community-minded, artistic gardeners who created the stunning public art installation.
“She’s undergone more facial augmentation than Joan Rivers.
At first, she looked beady-eyed and scary. We had to make her likable.”
–Siobhan Nehin, Garden Fairy
Move over Mona Lisa, looks like there’s a new chick in town!
Smiling all the way,