At first sighting of Thoth, memories of Southern Illinois’ “Little Egypt” flashed. One wondered where the Saluki were.
Robin has dropped off a moment of Venice’s history into the Windward Circle and what a contrast it is to the sculpture across from it.
According to Robin, Abbot Kinney brought the Midway of Plaisance, which included the “Streets of Cairo,” to Venice in time for Venice’s 1905 Grand Opening. It was originally at the Chicago World’s Fair, went to Louis and Clark Exposition in St. Louis, and then to Venice and placed in the Windward Circle.
Her sculpture of Toth came to Venice via St. Louis also. Toth adorned the entrance to the Fox Theater in St. Louis.
Gets confusing. Placard says “Thoth: The Egyptian God .” Robin refers to Toth. There are many spellings for the Egyptian god Thoth.