Blank eyed JFK bust.

Ghostlike Head of Blank-Eyed JFK

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North Bay Village, Florida

A ghostly white marble JFK head greets suntanned drivers crossing the JFK Causeway from Miami to the beach. The President's head and neck look disproportionately large on this already oversized tribute, and he has big teeth and eyes with no pupils, like a blank-eyed bust from Greek antiquity. JFK spent the last weekend of his life on the balmy Gold Coast of Florida, which explains why his head is here.

The head was sculpted by Miami-based artist Jose Ricardo Pinto in the mid-1990s, and restored by him in 2015. Pinto hopes to someday make a bronze version of the head, but thus far he hasn't had the cash.

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Ghostlike Head of Blank-Eyed JFK

79th St. Causeway, North Bay Village, FL
In the median of the 79th St. Causeway (JFK Causeway), just east of the bridge, facing west. You'll have to park about a block away, then run across traffic, to see the head up close. Be careful.
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