Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Houston (I)

The man himself is 5 foot 7. David Adickes, that is, the sculptor of the giant Sam Houston sculpture souths of Huntsville and of the giant presidents’ heads in Houston. His sculptures are significantly larger: Sam Houston, in Adickes’s rendering, is something like 67 feet tall.

No one in Houston really seems to know much about Adickes, at least no one I talked to. Everyone’s seen the heads, but they don’t really know how to get there. His workshop, with the giant concrete casts, is in a part of Houston that’s full of dead ends and non-continuous streets. But no matter: he leaves the gate open at his workshop, and at night, if you want, you can whisper sweet nothings into Martin Van Buren’s ear.

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