Lady Statue Watches Over Tucson Street

Lady Statue

Statue sits near intersection of East Grant and North Country Club in Tucson. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

TUCSON — Near the intersection of East Grant and North Country Club roads here, a faded and aging lady with protruding eyebrows and sinister eyes stands holding two bowls. She’s a sculpture, more than 15 feet tall, and she’s been standing in the same place for more than 40 years. Artist Jesus Corral sculpted the lady in the 1960s and placed it in front of a restaurant he owned.

The statue served a dual purpose. She was not only a giant greeter for those who entered, but was also the chimney. And the two bowls were fountains. The restaurant closed more than 20 years ago, and a furniture store has moved into the building. But the statue remains, although now partially concealed by trees that line the sidewalk in front.

Comments

  1. Joe Schallan says:

    I ate there when I was in grad school at the UofA in the late 1970s. I think the restaurant was called “Tia Elena’s” — Aunt Helen’s…

    • I think you’re right, Joe. The Corral family was noted (at least to us old-timers) for very good Mexican food. In the 1960s, the Hacienda Corral, located near Scottsdale and Thomas roads, in Scottsdale, had some of the best Sonora style Mexican food around, as well as very friendly and obliging staff. It closed in the late 1960s or very early ’70s, not for lack of patronage but because, according to one of its employees at the time, because the owners were older and were to retire. Los Olivos Patio, near Scottsdale’s Civic Center, still exists. (It is still popular, IMO the food and service have never been as top notch as was that at the Hacienda Corral.) Although the restaurants were owned by the same family, I believe they were run as individual entities by different family branches. I regret that I never had the opportunity to eat at Tia Elena’s or see the statue. The idea that it’s also a chimney is cool.

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