Gettin’ the “Big Head!”

Is Houston not the coolest? Where else can you drive through a run-down section of town, glance over, and see a 20ft bust of President Ronald Reagan staring down at you? …well, other than President’s Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota?

(The Manster and me hanging with Ron)

Apparently, David Adickes, a Houston sculptor created the heads for the park. (Actually, there is a long history of the busts moving all over the country as people did everything from fight to keep them in their towns to despise them enough to want them gone.) There also appears to be a President’s Park in Williamsburg, VA. with duplicates by the same artist. I don’t know if the ones here in town are duplicates, rejects or simply copies kept around for marketing. Who knows – who cares… we got ’em and I for one – dig ’em.


Want to find them?


5 Comments so far

  1. Chavez (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2004 @ 12:03 pm

    So lemme get this straight.

    Houston is now home to 43 giant busts of our presidents? Can anyone check these out? Is it part of some kind of exhibit?

    Dude… those things look kind of creepy. I bet they’re really freaky at night.

  2. katya (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2004 @ 1:31 pm

    Man that Reagan statue is so creepy looking. Are his eyes crossed? I’ve always been a fan of the huge Sam Houston statue myself…. I guess that’s out in Huntsville though.

  3. Chris (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2004 @ 2:15 pm

    Not all 43 are here… there is a set in South Dakota and about a dozen here in Houston. It IS kinda strange at night… but still cool!

    I am pretty sure it is the same artist who did the Sam Houston one.

  4. laanba (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2004 @ 8:25 pm

    Thank you! Weekend picture subject dilemma solved. How could I pass up taking pictures of giant heads.

  5. irfan (unregistered) on December 8th, 2004 @ 11:19 pm

    Geez. I live down the road from this. I can’t believe I never knew. Thanks!!!!

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