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Land Claimed for Azathoth

In the year of our lord 2012, Creer Pipi claimed this land for Azathoth. 

The origins of this plaque is somewhat of a local legend. It appeared on a Friday morning in August of 2013 and was a talk around town for weeks due to its mysterious origins. Who is Creer Pipi? Who is Azathoth? What do either of these things have to do with the Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City? 

Some answers came quicker than others. Azathoth, apparently, is a fictional being written about by H.P. Lovecraft and is sometimes seen as the god of chaos. The first mention by Lovecraft in 1919 simply said, "AZATHOTH - Hideous name."

Creer Pipi took a bit more investigative work. Locals soon realized the name served as an anagram for Eric Piper, a local artist who later took credit for the 600 pound structure. Though the monument was moved and replaced by other art pieces, it eventually found its way back to the triangle-shaped lawn. It still stands there today, like so many other plaques nestled unassumingly in front of the various historic buildings and homes nearby. Just another reason to always read the plaque. 

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