Work hard, have fun, make history.
It's pretty much a given that I'll screw up when I'm driving in a big city. This weekend in Houston I missed my exit and tried to make the block to get back to it, and ended up in some sort of warehouse district stuck behind a train. I gave up on going forward and was going to backtrack to the freeway, so I backed up onto Summer Street, and when I looked in the rearview mirror ... WOW! I saw a bunch of really enormous heads!
I had come across a sculpture works that was casting giant heads of U.S. presidents. It was closed when I got there on Friday, so I went back Saturday with a friend. There were two men there working, but neither their English nor my Spanish was good enough to allow me to figure out what they exactly they were going to do with all these big heads. A sign for a sculpture gallery was above the office, but there are no listings for that gallery that I can find anywhere. I remain curious. I've heard now that an article about this appeared in a magazine recently, but I don't know which one. If you know something, let me know.
The one that that I am sure of is that these heads are really big. Check out the picture on this page, and note the size of the heads in comparison to that old Dodge van. They are big. Big.
The guys working there let us walk around inside their workspace and out on the lot (well, I think they were saying that it was okay for us to do this, and they didn't get mad and throw us out), and I was able to get a few good pictures. On one wall of the studio we saw a directive: "Work hard, have fun, make history." Sound advice.
Update on the heads! I found out these heads were the work of a Texas artist named David Adickes. Check out this Washington Post story for more information.
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