mermaid statue

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22495 Chinsegut Hill Rd.
Brooksville, FL 34601
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In January 1843, a bill was introduced in the Florida House to create a new county to be called “Amaxura”, which was the Spanish name for the Withlacoochee River. The bill was amended, with the name being changed to Hernando in honor of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. In creating the statue of ‘Amaxura’, the artists have incorporated Seminole symbols that refer to aspects of Seminole culture and dress, religion and beliefs, environment, and diet. Inspired by the Seminole Indians that once made Chinsegut Hill home, Amaxura features Seminole symbols that refer to aspects of their native culture, dress, religion, and beliefs.

About the Artist:

Diane M. Liptak & Steve Krou

Steve and Diane became a team in the mural arena in 2017, joining forces through the Hernando Beach Property Owners Association (HBPOA). Steve was the Chairman of the HBPOA Vision Committee, and in 2017 was requested to produce five murals for Hernando Beach Fire Rescue Station 6. This beautification project made the building a dramatic focal point for Hernando Beach, and the murals are featured on Visit Florida’s Statewide Tour of Florida’s Mural Art.

Since then, Diane and Steven have created murals for the Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, Weeki Wachee Area Club, Hernando Beach VFW, local restaurants, and several private residences.