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This made the press this week too! HAIF got a HUGE acknowledgement, by basically writing most of the blub by posting our comments! :lol:

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This made the press this week too! HAIF got a HUGE acknowledgement, by basically writing most of the blub by posting our comments! :lol:

hooray! --- it's on page 17.

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:D

http://www.houstonpress.com/Issues/2006-05.../hairballs.html

Another Adickes Attack

Houston sculptor David Adickes, who has given the world a giant Sam Houston, a giant George Bush and a giant telephone, has a new piece of art on display.

It's a woman's head. (Giant, of course.) Sitting next to the light-rail line at Leeland and Main, the sculpture graces an abandoned drive-in bank now used as a parking lot.

The critics at the Houston Architecture Forum are, it's safe to say, not impressed.

The discussion boards at its Web site have an official name for the piece: "Big Head on Main Street." The general feel of the online conversation might be indicated by the fact that it includes pictures of The Simpsons' Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel.

"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," one poster wrote.

"It's The Corpse Bride! Yikes!!" wrote another, obviously more a fan of Tim Burton than of Adickes.

After the Houston Chronicle quoted passersby calling it "gorgeous" and "peaceful," a poster wrote, "That's not what the dude standing next to me at lunchtime said. 'What the f*ck is that' were his remarks...He thought it was a monument to drive-in banking."

The perennially misunderstood Adickes could not be reached for comment, but then again we weren't using a giant phone.

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My life is now complete. I've been quoted in the Houston Press. And I owe it all to HAIF (well...and that dude that said, "what the **** is that?). :lol:

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"The critics at the Houston Architecture Forum are, it's safe to say, not impressed."

Not exactly, but close enough. Good plug, eh?

Glad Richard Connelly found our comments amusing enough to use in his column, and hope it brings in more HAIFers.

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There was an article in the Houston Chronicle about it last week.

David W.

did it have any HAIF quotes?

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did it have any HAIF quotes?

There's a link to the Chronicle article at the top of this thread. It appeared about the same time this thread was started, so no HAIF members were quoted.

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In an article in the May issue of Houston Intown Magazine talks about the big head, construction and concept. While I wasn't really paying attention to the thread overall (but I did read it for the comedy), I thought it was interesting on what was supposed to be the concept of this thing.

While it was supposed to be intended as a destination marker of sorts, I don't really see it happening unless the construction of the Pavillion takes place.

Editor: Since the chron piece was made, has there been an influx?

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In an article in the May issue of Houston Intown Magazine talks about the big head, construction and concept. While I wasn't really paying attention to the thread overall (but I did read it for the comedy), I thought it was interesting on what was supposed to be the concept of this thing.

While it was supposed to be intended as a destination marker of sorts, I don't really see it happening unless the construction of the Pavillion takes place.

Editor: Since the chron piece was made, has there been an influx?

i know i went by it several times a week and didn't realize it was there til i saw this thread. yesterday i finally saw it. i think it goes well with the bank drive thru.

Edited by musicman

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I don't want to seem ungrateful for the Houston Press mention, but I checked the logs and it appears to have had zero impact on the number of people coming to HAIF. Still, it's nice when members of HAIF are recognized for their contributions.

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In an article in the May issue of Houston Intown Magazine talks about the big head, construction and concept. While I wasn't really paying attention to the thread overall (but I did read it for the comedy), I thought it was interesting on what was supposed to be the concept of this thing.

While it was supposed to be intended as a destination marker of sorts, I don't really see it happening unless the construction of the Pavillion takes place.

Editor: Since the chron piece was made, has there been an influx?

And so what exactly is supposed to be the concept of this thing? Why would a vacant lot next to a vacant building need a destination marker to begin with, much less a big head?

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And so what exactly is supposed to be the concept of this thing? Why would a vacant lot next to a vacant building need a destination marker to begin with, much less a big head?

Well, turns out the owner of the land is friends or something with the sculptor. Eventually when the site is built up, they're hoping they use it as a marker for people to meet at like they do at Grand Central station "information counter" in NYC. It's titled "looking forward".

Maybe I'm not that bright, but other than the fact that it's facing the east towards a sunrise, I don't quite get it.

The artist (who also created the big president's heads), is also making Statues for George, Paul, John, and Ringo that are going to be erected at I-10 @ Shepherd. To those of us that are too young to remember: they were a member of a band called "The Beatles". Why THAT particular location, I have no clue.

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i think the head is much better loooking than the sculptures(?) look like giant dildos that are placed on corners around market square. i think those need to be taken down before they start doing something on the head. :angry2:

Edited by Spencer Street

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corners around market square

I noticed someone recently stole the two faces on one of these markers. This is on the south corner of Travis. I think they have been missing for about two weeks. Cool man-gargoyle things.

Or maybe they are just on vacation?

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i think the head is much better loooking than the sculptures(?) look like giant dildos that are placed on corners around market square. i think those need to be taken down before they start doing something on the head. :angry2:

which sculptures are they?

i am drawing a blank or when i saw them

they didn

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Well, turns out the owner of the land is friends or something with the sculptor. Eventually when the site is built up, they're hoping they use it as a marker for people to meet at like they do at Grand Central station "information counter" in NYC. It's titled "looking forward".

Maybe I'm not that bright, but other than the fact that it's facing the east towards a sunrise, I don't quite get it.

The artist (who also created the big president's heads), is also making Statues for George, Paul, John, and Ringo that are going to be erected at I-10 @ Shepherd. To those of us that are too young to remember: they were a member of a band called "The Beatles". Why THAT particular location, I have no clue.

It was my understanding that the sculptor had bought some parcels of land along freeways to use for displaying his works. At least I-10 @ Shepherd would have more visibility than that lot next to the Savoy where the Big Head is.

Btw, there are only two degrees of separation between Adickes and myself. It turns out he is an acquaintance of an acquaintance. Big Head, Small World. ^_^

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Why THAT particular band, I have no clue. Frankly (pun), big heads of ZZ Top would be far more impressive.

birds could roost in the fabricated beard hair!

Edited by torvald

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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".

Out my bedroom window.....

(I hate it BTW...it stares at me night and day.... :wacko: )

woman2.jpg

woman1.jpg

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Out my bedroom window.....

(I hate it BTW...it stares at me night and day.... :wacko: )

Welcome to HAIF, RustyB.

I'd hate it too, but! what an opportunity!

Ever think of rigging up a couple of laser pointers, so you could make her eyes glow when people stop to admire her? :D

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Welcome to HAIF, RustyB.

I'd hate it too, but! what an opportunity!

Ever think of rigging up a couple of laser pointers, so you could make her eyes glow when people stop to admire her? :D

:lol::lol::lol:

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:lol::lol::lol:

DO IT!

you just need a simple mark on the balcony with some sort of rig and two laser pointers and there you go!

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Out my bedroom window.....

(I hate it BTW...it stares at me night and day.... :wacko: )

woman1.jpg

it does look quite menacing from that angle :huh:

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She reminds me of those things from "Neverending Story"; the scene where Atreyu has to walk through a path of "big heads on Main Streets" lined up on each side. They shoot things at him, then begin to crumble all around. That scene always scared me.

Big head is very sinister looking.

RustyB, you have a happening view. ;)

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She reminds me of those things from "Neverending Story"; the scene where Atreyu has to walk through a path of "big heads on Main Streets" lined up on each side. They shoot things at him, then begin to crumble all around. That scene always scared me.

ooh the oracles :D

on an unrelated note, every time i drive through the two tall beams with the blue lights at UH (near 45) i think of the oracles (only ONE person i know has ever known what i was talking about :unsure: )

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ooh the oracles :D only ONE person i know has ever known what i was talking about :unsure: )

the main street head reminded me of that too. i think the material seems the same. photo

i instantly thought it would be neat if there more things like that around, yet more in

honor of something historic. the head annoyed me until i associated it with hulda.

i was pretty surprised by "the oracles" in the neverending story. they were pretty

hot to be in kids film... not to mention dominating. :mellow:

the oracles

Edited by torvald

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yes...the oracles were quite...large...

the UH oracles don't look like the southern oracles, but give me the same feeling...imagine this image at night, and with the blue lights on :D

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Thanks for the picture, Torvald. I haven't seen that movie in such a long time. My sister and I would watch it every time it came on TV when we were kids. I wish one of the Encore channels would air it.

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.... Big head is very sinister looking.

RustyB, you have a happening view. ;)

Thanks all for the welcome...I stumbled across this forum and can't stop reading it. There are few other places I'd rather be than downtown Houston, and there's so much interesting stuff to read here.

My apartment is nothing great, but the rent is cheap and the view is amazing...at least until that aweful hunk of concrete started peering into my windows 24/7. :D I guess this building will be sold soon, and I'll have to start paying the big bucks for someplace further into town, but at least that statue won't be watching me anymore.

The laser pointer comment had me cracking up. I'm going to have to find a couple of the biggest ones I can afford, and light her up! :D:D

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I don't want to seem ungrateful for the Houston Press mention, but I checked the logs and it appears to have had zero impact on the number of people coming to HAIF. Still, it's nice when members of HAIF are recognized for their contributions.

It's not the chronicle, or the times... :lol::ph34r:

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yes...the oracles were quite...large...

the UH oracles don't look like the southern oracles, but give me the same feeling...imagine this image at night, and with the blue lights on :D

I always think I'm going to teleport to another place when I drive inbetween them. Stargate?

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On at least four seperate (non-HAIF) occasions, I've heard this sculpture referred to as "Big Head On Main Street".

Thank goodness no one has marked the spot by writing these words on the sidewalk.

That would be wrong.

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This must not be owned by the city since it is not listed as municipal art. Maybe the owners of the Savoy own it or it maybe owned by the bank that used to have a drive through there.

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HAIF, you have been called out.

Effete aesthetes?

It serves all y'all old-timer HAIFers right. When someone gives you a head, you're not supposed to critique their technique.

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Oh no! We may have made fun, but we never wanted it to go away. I was actually fond of the crazy-assed Big Head on Main Street! I wonder if Mr. Addickes would like to place it in my back yard for safekeeping?

BTW, this was one of the all-time great HAIF threads. I miss those days. Now, the subject matter is....well, you can see what it is.

Edited by RedScare

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BTW, this was one of the all-time great HAIF threads. I miss those days. Now, the subject matter is....well, you can see what it is.

Eviscerated. What's left is an amalgam of tripe and fatty tissue. Perhaps not surprisingly, a real estate implosion will do that to an architecture forum.

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Man, I'm sorry to hear this.

The big presidential heads get stuck in the mud in Pearland, the big Beatles never made it to their spot off I-10, and now Big Head gets shipped back to the studio. Does Houston no longer have a place in its heart for big things?

The good news maybe is that this may be a chance for the Big Head to find a more fitting and visible location. Main at Leeland was always a bit isolated for something so...unique. I would like a location next to one of the freeways, perhaps 45N immediately north of downtown. That way people stuck in traffic would look up and think, "Hey! There's that big head!"

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Not that isolated for workers and tourists using rail.

Still, I would bet that most Houstonians have never even seen her.

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The good news maybe is that this may be a chance for the Big Head to find a more fitting and visible location. Main at Leeland was always a bit isolated for something so...unique. I would like a location next to one of the freeways, perhaps 45N immediately north of downtown. That way people stuck in traffic would look up and think, "Hey! There's that big head!"

Well, since you claim to be a proponent of elaborate attention-getting aesthetics that are in questionable taste, how about we take the head over to the Beatles site, lay it on its side, sculpt some entrails coming out of the neck, and paint the ground red. Maybe carve a swastika in its forehead for good measure.

And as for the Beatles, we can just go ahead and knock over John and George. For good measure, John could be placed face-down and have four water jets that squirt out his back at random intervals.

Why not? That'd be a good way to stick it to the "Good Taste Police".

Edited by TheNiche

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Oh no! We may have made fun, but we never wanted it to go away.

Well, I didn't really mean it as a reproach. I guess I accidentally slipped in the indefinite article a, which entirely changed the meaning of what was supposed to be a joke.

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Well, I didn't really mean it as a reproach. I guess I accidentally slipped in the indefinite article a, which entirely changed the meaning of what was supposed to be a joke.

I'm pretty sure that the a was originally in brackets or parentheses, or otherwise indicated the double meaning. This was probably a stealth edit by an overzealous moderator trying to "make the world more beige."

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I'm pretty sure that the a was originally in brackets or parentheses, or otherwise indicated the double meaning. This was probably a stealth edit by an overzealous moderator trying to "make the world more beige."

My comment was changed from a not so clever double entendre to something a bjtchy third grade teacher would say?

Man, I feel hella safer.

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