Umpy Goomba, Olmec Head.

Umpy Goomba, Olmec Head

Field review by the editors.

Umatilla, Florida

In the early 1990s Jonathan Harrington was in his thirties and living in his parents' house. As he later explained to a local reporter, he felt like doing something interesting. He got together with an artist friend, Dick Retey, and together they built a six-foot-high Meso-American Olmec head (It helped that Dick had worked as a stone mason).

The pair spent several hundred dollars creating the head out of foam, masonry, and concrete. They modeled it on a photo of a real Olmec head projected onto a piece of plywood, giving it a stern face and a detailed hemet. About three-quarters of the way into the project Jonathan suggested throwing the head into a lake, but the two men instead completed the head and placed it in Jonathan's parents' yard. It still stands there today.

The head's name, Umpy Goomba, is not Olmec.

Umpy Goomba, Olmec Head

37999-37423 County Rd 44A, Umatilla, FL
From Umatilla drive south on FL-19 for one mile. Turn left (large white building on right) onto FL-450A. Drive three miles. The road bends to the right; just after the curve there's a driveway on the left. The head is just inside the entrance to the driveway, straight ahead and toward the right. Private property; please be respectful.
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