Quirky Attraction: The Houston Presidential Heads and Giant Beatles Sculptures

houston president heads

The Houston Presidential Heads and giant Beatles sculptures
Location: Houston, Texas (Presidential heads & Beatles sculptures are now at 2401 Nance St)
When to visit: During daylight hours
Cost: Free
Time needed: 10-15 minutes
Website: www.davidadickesart.com/sculpture

It’s President’s Day! We as a nation often take the time to honor George Washington and Abe Lincoln, but let’s not forget the likes of Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Lyndon Johnson. Those dudes deserve to be celebrated too, and thanks to artist David Adickes, they have their own giant sculptures in Houston, Texas.

I visited Houston a while back and found the massive heads sitting in an empty parking lot behind a Target at 2500 Summer Street. There were dozens of heads, and it was easy to walk up and examine them up close.

Not every president was represented, but most were, including everyone from Washington and Jefferson right up through George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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prez heads

The giant president heads in Houston are such a cool attraction!

presidential head statues

I had a chance to hang out with my buddy John Tyler. Gotta love those Whigs!

john tyler sculpture - giant president heads houston

Sadly, since my visit, the artist apparently removed all of the presidents and relocated them inside a fenced-in private property at his new studio on Nance Street.

You can still walk by and see them, but you’ll no longer be able to get close enough to look up Martin Van Buren’s nose, feel the bumps on Ulysses Grant’s necktie, or gently caress Andrew Jackson’s glorious updo.

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I’m not sure why the artist chose to move the sculptures to a less-accessible place, but it could be because they weren’t entirely finished. A few of the sculptures were headless torsos, and a few of the heads didn’t have bodies.

The upside of that unfinished quality was that quirky visitors could climb inside for a cool photo.

inside torso

In any event, here’s hoping he finds a proper place to display these heads again, because they’re one of Houston’s quirkiest attractions.

The Beatles Statues in Houston

David’s giant Beatles sculptures have also been moved to the fenced-in Nance Street property as well. In 2017, they were moved to 8th Street Brewery so they could once again be publicly viewed by gawkers and tourists. But now they appear to have been removed again, and may once again be back at Nance St.

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These sculptures were awesome to see. They depict Ringo, George, Paul, and John in Sgt. Pepper-era garb as they play their instruments. Yes, I just became the first person ever to list Ringo first when naming the Beatles. Woohoo Yellow Submarine!

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Ringo pounds out the beat as one of the Houston Beatles statues.

The Fab Four and the presidents once mingled together. Hopefully they can be reunited someday.

beatles presidential heads

Adickes is currently 92 years old. A recent news report suggested that he’s trying to move the 44 Houston president heads to his hometown of Huntsville, but that has not happened yet. It’s apparently still in flux due to funding and logistical issues. Hopefully they’ll be back on display soon!

Would you prefer to see the Houston president heads or the Beatles statues?

About Quirky Travel Guy

Scott Shetler is a Seattle-based freelance writer & fan of indie rock, road trips, ice cream, squirrels on power lines, runaway shopping carts, and six-way intersections. Some posts on this site contain affiliate links, which may earn me a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase.

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2 Comments

  1. That is so cool! Your skills for finding the quirky are spot on and I’m thankful because I bookmark them for future visits. Maybe the artist is tucking them away to keep them from becoming damaged? Would love to see this one day, although I don’t have a burning desire to return to TX anytime soon.

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