Houston, Texas: Giant President Heads

Artist David Adickes is known for his heroic scale sculptures of historic figures. His series of President heads became the core of two theme parks -- in South Dakota and Virgina. Both have since closed, but travelers can see an array of leaders' heads inside a fenced-in yard. Bonus: 2014 sculpture of a big Charlie Chaplain!
Address:
2401 Nance St., Houston, TX
Directions:
I-10 eastbound exit 769C (McKee St./Hardy St.) Follow the ramp straight onto Nance St. Drive three-quarters of a mile. Youll see the fenced yard with the heads on the left.
Admission:
Free
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President heads. Giant President Heads

My son loved this -- you can go in some and pretend you have a tiny head and big body. They have bathrooms so if you need to pee and stop. It's worth it!

[Andrea, 06/24/2014]

Bathrooms deter visitors from peeing down the collars of the giant presidents.

Presidents heads. Giant President Heads

The heads weren't behind a fence when we saw them, as others had said they were. We could walk right up to them, pick their noses and whatnot. It was raining while we were there, and we could actually drive right alongside them so we didn't have to get out of our car (but we did anyways because everyone wanted to take their picture with their favorite president).

Even though the collection is a bit in disarray (out of chronological order and with some heads detached from their shoulders), we still thought it was the most impressive art we saw in Houston.

[Naomi Haverland, 12/21/2013]
President heads. Giant President Heads

After our Texas road trip, this stop is the one we cannot stop talking about! It is seriously impressive and worth stopping at!

[Courtney, 08/06/2011]
President heads in the Adickes lot. Giant President Heads

Very nice sculptures, but not displayed well. They were behind locked fences, but visible from outside. Worth the trip.

[Norma E, 01/30/2010]

We like the hit-or-miss randomness of this unofficial attraction at the artist's studio, really just the staging yard for his sculptures. You'd have to pay admission elsewhere to see the heads nicely arranged on little patches of grass!

Giant President Heads

David Adickes' studio in downtown Houston. There are about 20 or so of his giant president heads in the parking lot of his studio. The gates are open all of the time for anyone to come in and look around. There is also a giant sculpture of an old phone.

[Rachelle Vasquez, 06/27/2004]

Adickes created the giant Sam Houston statue, and the Presidents Parks in South Dakota and Virginia. The sculptures in the lot change depending on Adickes' current projects.

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