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The Millennial Gaia is a richly detailed, meticulously sculpted statement about the Earth and the interconnectedness of all Her children.


Moving outward from Her womb, delicately engraved tattoos on Gaia's legs display the evolution of life in the seas, from the earliest bacteria and single-celled protazoa, to the great sea mammals on Her buttocks. (A key to all the creatures and their eras is provided.)


Similar engravings adorning Her arms culminate in the majestic redwood forest on Her right arm, and the tropical rain forest on her left. Her right breast is a cornucopia of nourishing fruits and vegetables, while her left breast, over her heart, is the moon, whose phases beat the pulse of the ocean's tides and women's cycles.


The intricate "Evolution Mandala" that runs up Her hair is a rich tapestry of tiny creatures, tracing the evolution of vertebrate life on the land, with braids representing the double helix of DNA forming the umbilical branches of the Tree of Life. The chronological scale is logarithmic, beginning at the base with the Devonian Age, when the first primitive amphibians crawled out of the swamps onto dry land, and progressing upwards towards modern times. Different geological eras are distinguished by differing background vegetation. The accomplanying diagram provides a detailed key.


At the crown of Her head, the pinnacle of emergent consciousness ("Crown of Creation") is represented by the sperm whale over Her right hemisphere (intuitive) and a human child over her left (analytical). The child holds a ball--a globe of the earth?


Around Her face, clusters of leaves represent the 15 sacred trees on the Celtic Tree Calendar comprise Her hair. A key is provided. Also among Her hair are flowers: rose, poppy, hibiscus, daisy, and morning glory. Circling Her shoulders, a monarch butterfly represents the sun and a luna moth the moon. Other sacred insects may be found among Her leafy locks: a dragonfly (Asia,) a scarab (Egypt,) and a spider (Africa and America.) 


Her face is based on the face of the artist's beloved late wife, Morning Glory Zell.




My most precious possession is this exact Millennial Gaia statue. My daughters bought Her for me for Mother's Day, many years ago. She has since survived a house fire, and her paint is darker from the smoke. I could not part with her, but I also bought another, so I'd always have her in her pristine state. So I own two of these myself, and I cherish them.


I am so thrilled to be able to offer these to you. They also come in a larger size, but those are on backorder.  


Gaia is nearly 3 pounds, hefty and solid, and measures 7" tall by 5" wide at her knees. This is a work of art, and it's hard to find. 

Millennial Gaia, by Oberon Zell


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