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The Presidents’ Park was a sculpture park of 10 acres and a formerly connected to an indoor museum in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. The US Presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush featured between 18 and 20 feet high bust. Houston artist David Adickes sculpted the statues, who was inspired when he returned from a trip back to Canada and driven past Mount Rushmore. In March 2004 the park was opened by Everette H.Haley, a local attraction entrepreneur who had been slowly picking the busts up since 2000.
Financial problems arose in the Park and were closed on September 30th, 2010. However, On September 28th, 2012, creditors placed the auction in the park (not including the bust), after an auction was canceled without explanation, originally scheduled for April 26th, 2012. On January 10th, 2013, Howard Hankins had moved the busts to a private facility on the local farm. A film about Mr. Hankins’ actions was seen in National Geographic.
Virginia in Croaker stands a vision, which will stop almost everyone in their tracks. 43 amazing pictures of presidents in the tall grass have been clustered together. Those bustle 18 to 20 feet have crumbled nose. The eyes of others are tear-like tiny stains. All have a degree of recessed eyes. The scene from the most patriotic horror film in the world may be too real and Howard Hankins’ family farm is just the latest stop in the bust ‘s journey from famous artworks to zombie-like reminders of America’s history over the years.
The sculptures have been designed by David Adickes, an artist from Houston who was encouraged to take a trip back from Canada past Mount Rushmore. In addition to the Presidential Pet Museum, they were public at Presidents Park, and when a corporation purchased the plot of land in 2010, it attracted thousands of visitors. The immense heads of the president had to pass. Howard Hankins, who helped to build the park, accepted and brought all 43 heads to his private family farm to be kept safe, rather than letting the bust be destroyed.
It took almost a week to move each of them to the large field, now a few miles, with each bust weighing 22,000 pounds, while some of their heads suffered minor damage to the backs of their necks and heads.
To date, only one of the founders has been fully restored, including that of the Seventh President, Andrew Jackson. Some busts had been broken through travel so that they could be hanged by a cranium, and they had to bring a hole in the skull. Now that we go between the giant effigies, the elements are all but Jackson battered and crumbled. It’s a curious sight; our former leaders’ gravesite, our mutual successes, and large-scale defeats.
The pictures of the eroding monuments are captured and taken recently by Patrick Joust, a photographer, on his way to the presidential gravestones. The pieces have been faded and peeling and a number of structural scars have been shown from repeated movements. The post-apocalypse scene resembles the waning moments of the Easter Island World or a futuristic take on the enormous enigmatic eyes.
The artist also carved another series of President’s bust, displayed in an open-air park setting run by the artist himself near Deadwood, South Dakota. After closing the heads, Abraham Lincoln’s busts are now scattered – the busts of Abraham Lincoln standing in front of the Lincom RV Park in Williston, North Dakota.
All dreams of keeping their original state’s founders were simply destroyed when the bust went from park to stadium. Each statue must be raised by cranes from its base and smashed on its neck in order to retrieve the entire item. The crane connected to a frame of steel inside the bust through a hole shattered into the top of the piece of sculpture. That president is then loaded on a flatbed truck and delivered to the property of Hankins. Cracked skulls were just the start: as they walked along with the team they improvised and the earlier bust was the most inexperienced mover.
The first few movements had broken noses, lack of back and other structural problems. The busts of Abraham Lincoln now have an odd hole in his back, which commemorates the tragic end, and a lightning strike on Ronald Reagan’s bust. Each of them now sits down on the farm in three neat lines (except for George Washington on the side of the group). They keep collapsing, scratching, and breaking.
The colossal heads lived on the plantation for years, a family property not available to visitors. There is a donation initiative in which money is collected to move the sculptures to a place where anyone can see.
The men behind them did nothing different. Everything’s in a disrepair state. And the less likely they are actually rehabilitated as time passes. Thus, small Croaker, Va, is probably the last place to rest for an homage which, as the giant, may never catch the same publicity that its demise has. Although some of the statues are in bad shape, Hankins hopes that the bust is part of a new museum. He already runs a GoFundMe campaign for raising money for the construction of a new park in Williamsburg, which he believes would “bring a larger public into the life of our great Presidents.”
The busts could be on the road early, Hankins said. First, the former Commanders in Heads had to do some work, but Hankins said that he was planning to build and build a new president’s museum in the Dominion area. Hankins has said that he will collect 1,5 million dollars to restore and repair sculptures. Right now, Mr. Hankins said that he partners with a photography historian, John Plashal, who is hosting a conference in the local church, and up to 80 people have a chance to tour the site themselves.
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