A goddess graced one of Statesville’s street corners Monday.

North Carolina artist Theresa Arico’s work “Goddess of Golden Light” was added to the Statesville Sculpture Garden Monday afternoon. It is one of four pieces that will be unveiled Friday at the Fall Art Crawl.

Arico explained the statue explores what is referred to in many places as “Golden Light,” the quality believed to connect gold to the nectar of immortality.

She added in Greek and western traditions the same thought is often associated with ambrosia, or the nectar of the gods.

“This piece is part of an ongoing series of elemental goddesses,” Arico said. “She represents the elemental quality of metal, particularly the richness and purity of gold.”

The Statesville Community Appearance Commission selected her work to be on display for one year in the Sculpture Garden. Chair of the commission, Anne Rhyne said the work was chosen because it offers a nice balance to the rest of the garden with its composition and use of interesting materials.

“We were looking for a new piece to be in the garden for the next year,” Rhyne said.

“We thought hers (Arico’s work) was unusual and beautiful.”

Rhyne also said she’s excited to see the upcoming Fall Art Crawl introduce people to new art.

As for Arico, she called it thrilling and an honor to be part of the Statesville artistic community, and hopes that “Goddess of Golden Light” will remind people of the beauty present in nature while it’s on display.

“It is easy to get lost in despair and to feel crushed by constant reminders of our human impact on the natural world,” she said.

“It is my hope that her rounded arms demonstrate the circularity of our interconnection, that her brightness, or radiance, brings hope and possibly to remind visitors the depth of beauty we get to enjoy in life.”

Want to go?

» Where: Statesville Sculpture Garden at the corner of East Water Street and North Center Street.

» When: Sept. 13 at 5:15 p.m.

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