Eyeless JFK statue.

Eyeless Lizard-Skin JFK Head

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Asbury Park, New Jersey

Mediterranean sculptures from the Bronze Age usually have empty holes where the glass bead eyes used to be. For some reason local sculptor Fritz Cleary (who also managed the local Fine Arts Society) used that same crows-just-plucked-out-my-orbs look for a 20th century head of John F. Kennedy -- and then added skin that resembles lizard scales.

The head was unveiled during the 1964 Democratic National Convention, which was held in nearby Atlantic City. The bronze head has since turned green with age, which only increases its sea bottom antiquity allure.

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Eyeless Lizard-Skin JFK Head

Kennedy Park

Address:
Grand Ave., Asbury Park, NJ
Directions:
The head is atop a pedestal in the center of Kennedy Park in downtown Asbury Park, on the southwest corner of Cookman and Grand Ave.
Admission:
Free
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