A mystery surrounds a statue that stands at 52nd and Brookside in Kansas City. The figure is adorned by various ceramic birds left for her; some are broken. We would like to know who or why these tiny treasures are reverently placed there.
It is a puzzlement indeed, but we think the statue is perceived to be Artemis, the Greek Goddess of wildlife and mistress of animals. Artemis is a very ancient goddess, and offerings were made to her in pre-Greek and in Greek societies. She is sometimes depicted carrying a bow and arrow. She is also a goddess of childbirth and relieves diseases in women.
When we visit Kansas City, we plan to spread the love by leaving a tiny bird vase with flowers by the statue ( shown below).