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Anyone tried to contact the artist, or his studio?

I sent an email to the address listed on his website (www.davidadickes.com) but it was returned. The address was sculpturworx@msn.com. Maybe someone else could try.

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So here's my idea: let's barrage the Houston Press with email inquiries from haif2 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

Done.

B)

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Here it is.

April 19, 2006, 1:17AM

CONTEMPORARY ART

'Elegance' floats in sea of downtown parking lots

The artist says giant cement head represents return of aesthetics

By ALLAN TURNER

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

You'd never mistake her for Sam Houston or Stephen F. Austin. Both of those Texas heroes

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"Parking lot magnate."

Add that to the list of things kids want to be when they grow up. Right after firefighter. Right before Michael Jackson.

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hopefully this magnate continues with public art

Upcoming projects:

Big Foot On Walker

Big Breasts On Caroline

Big Fetus On Canal

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"It's in contrast to all of that other k-r-a-p," he said. "It's an attempt to elevate aesthetics where it was 15 or 20 years ago. Aesthetics went out the window and it's looking to come home."

Mom...David spelled the 'k' word...

So is the title "Elegance" or "Looking Forward"?

Neither is an improvement on BHOMS - and it still looks like a 14 year old girl's doodle during study hall.

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"Gorgeous"? "Peaceful"?

That's not what the dude standing next to me yesterday at lunchtime, said. "What the f*ck is that?", were his remarks. Since I had taken the train down there specifically to look at this...umm..."contemporary art", I practically busted a gut laughing when he said it. I told him we had been debating it. He thought it was a monument to drive-thru banking, as was suggested here.

Now, we know it is a monument to surface parking lots. :o

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"Gorgeous"? "Peaceful"?

That's not what the dude standing next to me yesterday at lunchtime, said. "What the f*ck is that?", were his remarks. Since I had taken the train down there specifically to look at this...umm..."contemporary art", I practically busted a gut laughing when he said it. I told him we had been debating it. He thought it was a monument to drive-thru banking, as was suggested here.

Now, we know it is a monument to surface parking lots. :o

Well, this is the Chronicle, after all. They're never going to express a negative opinion about something like that. Their goal is to be inoffensive and nice.

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So, who's gonna be the first to paint a moustache on it?

They're going to have to elevate the thing another twenty feet or hire a 24 hour guard to save it from graphic 'public comment'.

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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.

:o bach quietly cringes at the thought

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:obach quietly cringes at the thought

Quietly cringes? That's it? Bach, I would've thought you would militantly reject this example of "contemporary art".

Let me be the first, since everyone seems to be afraid to say it...Mr. Adickes, this piece of concrete SUCKS. Just because this is Texas, doesn't mean everything should be oversized. You clearly do not understand the concept of understatement, so the only thing you will understand is blatant rejection. So, here it is...I think your concrete SUCKS!

To call this 20 foot piece of cement 'elegant' is the epitome of oxymoron. However, this is what I love about Houston...that we have chunks of rock to debate as art...not that it IS art, but that we can laugh at it.

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dbigtex56 asked: Now that the thing's there, how do we go about getting rid of it?

Just a thought, steal it?

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What you slack jawed yokels fail to recognize that it can still be art, even if you don't like it.

And if enough people don't like it, is it still art?

If everyone but the artist hates a piece, is that still art then?

Perhaps, but just becasue something can be labeled art by sombody, doesn't mean it deserves to be put out on a pedastal for all to see.

I haven't seen it yet in person, I'm not gonna judge it one way or another.. but for you to call everyone a yokel that hates something that had been deemed 'art' by you and the artist...

If something is put out for public display, then it has the right to be criticized and questioned.

Edited by Highway6

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Well I never said that I actually like it.

But it is art nontheless. Why? Becuase people are talking about it.

I'd like the see a giant head every other block along the rail line. Sure beats the heck out of those stupid "art cows".

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And if enough people don't like it, is it still art?

If everyone but the artist hates a piece, is that still art then?

Yes.

Art is about expression. About tapping into whatever it is that's inside you and then fashioning it into a verifiable medium. People may not like what you have to say or how you say it but if you convey these feelings in such a way, it's still an artistic endeavor.

Nevertheless... LOL @ BHOMS.

Hey... BHOMS sounded out is very similar to BOMBS.

Imagine that.

Edited by The Great Hizzy!

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But it is art nontheless. Why? Becuase people are talking about it.

Thats the determining criteria in being labeled art ?

I'm going to take a monsterous poop on the pedastal of this head and stick a little cocktail umbrella in it the night before the grand unveiling...... People will be talking about it...... Where does the art stop and the krap begin....

Yes.

Art is about expression. About tapping into whatever it is that's inside you and then fashioning it into a verifiable medium.

" I present to the people of Houston, my artistic endeavor, my poop. "

This would definately be tapping into whatever is inside of me....

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Hizzy.. I actually agree with what you have to say.. My complaint was that the critics and the head haters shouldnt be looked down upon and called names becasue they critique and hate the head.

However, Art is like race... That card can be played too much, in the wrong way, as a cop-out and excuse.

If anything can be called art, and artistic expression can be used as an excuse for anything, then those two terms lose their meaning and value.

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What you slack jawed yokels fail to recognize that it can still be art, even if you don't like it.

cletus-simpsons.jpg

Cletus' theme song:

Some folk'll never eat a skunk

But then again, some folk'll

Like Cle-tus the slack-jawed yokel

Perhaps we could change it to go along with the BHOMS:

Some folk'll never build a head

But then again, some folk'll

Like Adickes the artistic yokel

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Ugly, gaudy and whimsical. I like it.

It is very "Houston", is it not? It's like," there they go again, trying to be so "big city" with some street art and it's just a goofy idealized head of a Texas hippie-chick. Houston; they are just so pathetic they're lovable".

Has anyone figured out the lower half of the statue yet? It looks like there's one teacup breast and then the black spot on the opposite side, like it had undergone a pubescent masectomy.

I like it for its humor, but this does not strike me as one of Mr Adickes' finest pieces. I think I'll become an artist, if Houston is so desperate for displays of native-son expressions.

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Who wouldn't want a big statue of Randy Quaid? Can you imagine that? It would be so funny.

Why not his bro as well, Patrick Swayze, Beyonce, Hillary Duff, Brent Spiner ect.... in a BIG HEAD totem pole form......now that's art ;)

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Has anyone figured out the lower half of the statue yet? It looks like there's one teacup breast and then the black spot on the opposite side, like it had undergone a pubescent masectomy.

See below:

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

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B)

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

*gag*

And you're right about it being right for Houston in some weird way; no self-respecting city would allow such laughably sentimental k-r-a-p, and not many small towns would, either.

Of course, if Mr. Adickes had had the foresight to put 'Elegance' on wheels, it would qualify as an Art Car, and we'd all be ga-ga over it. Imagine 'Looking Forward' breaking loose from its pedestal, unstoppable, silently gliding alone through the deserted streets of Houston under moonlit skies, past palms and live oaks festooned with Spanish moss; pausing to serenely gaze through the sleepless bedroom windows of terrified children, then mutely moving on, on like the Undead. Big Head On Elm Street...?

I digress.

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:lol:

can you imagine waking up and throwing open the blinds to that face staring right at you? i'd slowly close the blinds, crawl back into bed and repeat........"it's only a dream, it's only a dream".

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:lol:

can you imagine waking up and throwing open the blinds to that face staring right at you? i'd slowly close the blinds, crawl back into bed and repeat........"it's only a dream, it's only a dream".

forgive me, who is julie burrows? i googled it a bit but

only this sort of thing came up:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0093974/

she'e not really a hand puppet model for basic instinct,

is she?

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forgive me, who is julie burrows? i googled it a bit but

only this sort of thing came up:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0093974/

she'e not really a hand puppet model for basic instinct,

is she?

Oh, but she is.

From the Chron article:

"Burrows, who as "Julie Bond" appeared in the 1995 movie Once in a Blue Moon and as a hand puppet model in the 1992 film Basic Instinct, lives in Nashville. Adickes worked from photographs he took of her."

Imagine how difficult it must be for her to edit her resume'.

Which leads to a question - would "Big Hand Puppet On Main Street" be too wordy and confusing? And how does it feel to be immortalized in such odd ways twice in one lifetime?

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she'e not really a hand puppet model for basic instinct,

is she?

that's awesome - now i am trying to think of hand puppets + basic instinct :blink:

i think she is a local dancer (not that kind...)

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*edit - in the chronicle all it said was "Houston-born dancer and actress Julie Burrows"

i can't find anything else about her, either

Edited by sevfiv

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Oh, but she is.

From the Chron article:

"Burrows, who as "Julie Bond" appeared in the 1995 movie Once in a Blue Moon and as a hand puppet model in the 1992 film Basic Instinct..."

i didn't see basic instict. could someone tell me WHY there

was a need for a hand puppet model? from what i saw of

the previews... and how's a hand puppet model different

from a hand model? weird.

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i didn't see basic instict. could someone tell me WHY there

was a need for a hand puppet model? from what i saw of

the previews... and how's a hand puppet model different

from a hand model? weird.

Let me freeze-frame that famous scene with Sharon Stone. Hmm...

I don't think that's a hand puppet, but the lighting's not too great. Sure doesn't look like that statue, all skweejawed and stuff.

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Let me freeze-frame that famous scene with Sharon Stone. Hmm...

I don't think that's a hand puppet, but the lighting's not too great.

do they even have puppet-doubles for stuff like that?? :lol:

oh, i found this:

http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?id=74925

she had a short stint on broadway - and the porn industry :D

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Houstonian in Iraq:

Why not his bro as well, Patrick Swayze, Beyonce, Hillary Duff, Brent Spiner ect.... in a BIG HEAD totem pole form......now that's art

Now you're just talking crazy. Just kidding! That would be lovely. Especially in bronze.

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she had a short stint on broadway - and the porn industry :D

oh no! blissbox link = NSFW

IMDB lists 3 different incarnations for her but

the chronicle combines 2 of them... ?

i couldn't leave the blissbox link up but does

it look like her? does her face look like the

statue, i mean.

Edited by torvald

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oh no! blissbox link = NSFW

indeed - my apologies - i can't look at it either, but the term blissbox is quite amusing...

i seriously doubt that is really her, unless she really did a puppet-double for sharon stone :lol:

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This is starting to remind me of The Simpon's episode where Sringfield revolts when they try to dedicate a Jimmy Carter statue. The town revolts.

Or "True Stories".

Wonder what the artist will have to say a the dedication ceremony?

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i guess i am being a bit bitter. there are just so many great

figures to pull from houston's founders. even a young millie

esperson? i guess i need to remember that it isn't for the city

of houston it's really for a pay-per-park lot.

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she had a short stint on broadway - and the porn industry :D

That's Julia Bond, not Julie Bond, you scamp.

Probably Big Head In Porn Film is already an urban legend, thanks to you... :D

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That's Julia Bond, not Julie Bond, you scamp.

Probably Big Head In Porn Film is already an urban legend, thanks to you... :D

aww shucks - and i thought i had it all figured out :rolleyes:

(although if you google search "julie bond" - with quotations - the first result is yet another porn site for videos with a julie bond...heh).

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Here's an idea: conceal inflatable breasts in the pedestal, to be revealed on festive occasions (Mardi Gras, Superbowl LXX, etc.)

It could also be used as a fundraising device. "For every $1000 collected, she expands one cup size! And we're not leaving until Elegance turns into Anna Nichol! Remember...it's for the kids!"

See how great art inspires creative thought?

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That's Julia Bond, not Julie Bond, you scamp.

Probably Big Head In Porn Film is already an urban legend, thanks to you... :D

okay, just to clear things up (because i know everyone is just dying to hear more about this)...

Julie Bond, who is actually a he, has been in notable films such as Dungeon Drag Queens and Transexual's Revenge, and looks like this:

wcegi0.jpg

see any resemblance? :D

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

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sculptmain003.JPG

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IT'S THE CORPSE BRIDE ! YIKES !!! :ph34r:

Who wouldn't want a big statue of Randy Quaid? Can you imagine that? It would be so funny.

We'll see how funny it is when we petition to put it in YOUR frontyard missy !

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okay, just to clear things up (because i know everyone is just dying to hear more about this)...

Julie Bond, who is actually a he, has been in notable films such as Dungeon Drag Queens and Transexual's Revenge, and looks like this:

wcegi0.jpg

see any resemblance? :D

You could be on to something, dbig. The jaw line and cleft chin are just a little too masculine. And the eyes; they look almost Asian.

I think it was modeled after Richard Chamberlain in Shogun.

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You could be on to something, dbig. The jaw line and cleft chin are just a little too masculine. And the eyes; they look almost Asian.

I think it was modeled after Richard Chamberlain in Shogun.

.

Oh, this is getting f*ing weird.....it must be art!

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