Exposed to the elements, cracked and crumbling in various stages of deterioration, these giant Presidential busts are surrounded by heavy equipment in an apocalyptic industrial wasteland where the mold and moss adds character and awesomeness to the entire experience.
They were once part of an educational park that went bankrupt during the recession of 2010; and now reside on private property near Williamsburg, Virginia. Each head stands 20 to 22 feet tall, weighing in somewhere between 15 to 20 tons. There are 42 heads in all; the collection ended with George W. Bush when the park closed.
Hard to find, Thomas Jefferson is in the back row, even though he is considered one of the “8 Great Presidents”.
One of the questions people ask when visiting these giant heads: Why is Andrew Jackson front and center instead of Thomas Jefferson? To which Howard Hankins responds: “Jackson has awesome hair and cool epaulets on his uniform! Besides, I’m not a University of Virginia fan.” LOL (Thomas Jefferson was the founder of the University of Virginia)
The other two presidents in this image are James Madison and Millar Fillmore.
Copyright 2020 Susan Rissi Tregoning
February 24th, 2020
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