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While riding the the train yesterday, I saw a crane lifting a huge head into position on the west side of Main Street (just north of the old Savoy hotel).

In fairness, I just got a glimpse of the thing, but got the impression that it was the sort of sculpture one might buy at the airport as a last-minute gift, but on a grander scale.

Has anyone else seen it? Is my impression correct? And whose idea was this, anyway?

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Had to go check this out. There is indeed a very big head on Main Street. It is on a concrete base on that grassy lot adjacent to the Savoy, so I assume it will be permanent. There is no indication of the name of the sculptor, perhaps to protect his reputation.

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Although it is not as big as those big presidential heads, which are really freakishly large, it is still big enough to be noticeable. If you were to see it I think you would say, "Aha! There is that big head!"

I'm thinking it may be the same artist, though, David Adickes.

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weird! i am going to check it out now...and yeah, who else does large scale heads around here?! :D

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...There is indeed a very big head on Main Street...

This has to be one of the weirdest threads yet. I mean, Houstonians dont seem to think anything strange about a shoe driving down the gulf freeway, or a large lizard goind down memorial drive with bubbles poping out of it's ass. But a large head on Main Street, now that gets our attention.

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What's with the hole in her throat? Did she have a trache?

it's actually some sort of grease/poo smudged on her neck

*gag*

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i do not recognize the woman...and i am not sure about the placement, either :unsure:

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that's definitely the work of mr. adickes.

it was in the studio lot when i was photographing

there about 8 months ago...

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I can see all of this becoming an HAIF cult phrase/topic:

"Big Head on Main Street"

Once you've gone through APE/SoDoMi, Big Head on Main Street is a relief. :D

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that's definitely the work of mr. adickes.

it was in the studio lot when i was photographing

there about 8 months ago...

What happened with Adickes giant Beatles statues? They were supposed to be placed at Shepherd and I-10.

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What happened with Adickes giant Beatles statues? They were supposed to be placed at Shepherd and I-10.

I read recently he's still working on it. I didn't know, though, that it was supposed to be at Shepherd and I-10.

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A while back Adickes also proposed a 280-foot giant cowboy for next to a freeway around San Marcos (I think). That would be interesting. If he could build it in Houston that would certainly give us some brand identity.

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A while back Adickes also proposed a 280-foot giant cowboy for next to a freeway around San Marcos (I think). That would be interesting. If he could build it in Houston that would certainly give us some brand identity.

What identity? That we are HUGE rednecks?

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Who commisioned Adickes to do this piece ?

I haven't been by to see it yet.. is it in front of a building down there or off on its own?

I think the City of Houston should commision him to do a 80 ft Jeff Bagwell peering over the trees of the NW corner of Memorial park.

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I haven't been by to see it yet.. is it in front of a building down there or off on its own?

it is adjacent to the older building of the savoy, and in the lawn (?) of the drive through bank/parking area, on the west side of main at leeland

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What identity? That we are HUGE rednecks?

Hey, i like the cowboy image. I dont think its a negative image. Its an image of Texas that portrays the rough tough go get em attitude from the early years of the cattle drives through bad weather and rough unforgiving enviroments........with all of that, The Cowboy still stood tall......... :):):):):)

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it is adjacent to the older building of the savoy, and in the lawn (?) of the drive through bank/parking area, on the west side of main at leeland

So who owns it.. who paid him to put it there ?

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So who owns it.. who paid him to put it there ?

no one knows yet, apparently - i can't find any news/journal articles on it, and last time i went by, the base was still incomplete.

i also checked the city of houston's municipal art page, and nothing...

maybe a call to their office would help answer that question...

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This sounds like the name of a punk band...Big Head on Main Street.

Any guesses as to who the head is?

you're making me nostaligic for the Dead Milkmen.

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no one knows yet, apparently - i can't find any news/journal articles on it, and last time i went by, the base was still incomplete.

i also checked the city of houston's municipal art page, and nothing...

maybe a call to their office would help answer that question...

I'm thinking the people at the drive-in bank would know. Anyone working downtown could stop by and ask?

Cowboy doesn't = redneck.

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Cowboy doesn't = redneck.

Cowboy doesn't = Houston, either.

Cotton, lumber, trains, ports = Houston

Though Texas Avenue was designed "14 steer", or 100 feet wide, for cattle drives, most cattle arrived by rail. Houston was settled by, and made famous by, businessmen and traders, not cowboys.

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it's actually some sort of grease/poo smudged on her neck

*gag*

Didn't take long for the art critics to chime in.

What exactly would you tell someone visiting what the statue is?

I'd tell them, "It's a Big Head on Main Street."

So who owns it.. who paid him to put it there ?

We don't know yet. It's entirely possible that he paid someone to put it there.

But seriously.

Now that the thing's there, how do we go about getting rid of it?

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Now that the thing's there, how do we go about getting rid of it?

Awwww, c'mon get rid of Big Head On Main Street?

I think we should adopt it as our mascot!

:lol:

B)

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Now that the thing's there, how do we go about getting rid of it?

You could probably find some art critics to do the job. :D

Seriously, though, this is a somewhat isolated location for a big head. It seems that the only people who will probably see it will be riders on the train. I would think somewhere further north on Main would work better.

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Seriously, though, this is a somewhat isolated location for a big head. It seems that the only people who will probably see it will be riders on the train. I would think somewhere further north on Main would work better.

agreed. for such a large head it is not very conspicuous.

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I think it would look better where it could be the center of attention...such as Town Green Park in the Woodlands.

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What happened with Adickes giant Beatles statues? They were supposed to be placed at Shepherd and I-10.

Being a HUGE Beatles fan I would love to see this go up.

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She's got a great big goiter on her neck.

That's another one of those charming things about Houston -- A giant head appears downtown and people treat it as a passing curiosity because they're so used to Addickes' work. I can't think of any other city that has a living artist that has such a great impact on a regular basis.

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Big Head On Main Street has piqued my curiousity. Nothing has shown up in Google News as of yet, so I made a phone call to Patricia C. Johnson, art critic at the Houston Chronicle. She was out of the office. I left a message asking for information, and if she intended to comment on it in her column.

I then tried the Houston Press, as their offices are a mere two blocks away from BHOMS. The gentleman who answered the phone said that some of their employees had questioned the construction workers who installed it, but as of yet they have no information. He also said that there will be no mention of the sculpture in this week's Press due to deadline constraints, but that there should be something in the following week's issue.

So here's my idea: let's barrage the Houston Press with email inquiries from HAIF members with the heading "Big Head On Main Street?" and see what happens. With luck, they may see the humor in it, and mention it in a column. Perhaps the name will stick. Also, we may get a plug for Houston Architectural Information Forum at the same time.

The guy who writes "Hair Balls" seems like a likely fellow - here's his email address: rich.connelly@houstonpress.com

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i emailed the municipal art coordinator for the city of houston, but haven't heard anything back yet...

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