The Remains of Virginia’s Presidents Park

In Croaker, Virginia stands a sight that would make just about anyone stop in their tracks. 43 ghostly effigies of presidents past crowd together in the tall grass. Some of the 18-to-20-foot busts have crumbling noses. Tear-like stains fall from the eyes of others. All have bashed-in heads to some degree. This could be a scene from the world’s most patriotic horror movie, but it’s all too real—and Howard Hankins’ family farm is just the latest stop on the busts’ larger-than-life journey from iconic pieces of art to zombie-like markers of America’s past.

The busts are all that remains of Virginia’s Presidents Park, a now-defunct open-air museum where visitors could once walk among the presidential heads. Presidents Park first opened in nearby Williamsburg in 2004, the brainchild of local landowner Everette “Haley” Newman and Houston sculptor David Adickes, who was inspired to create the giant busts after driving past Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

Read the full Smithsonian article: How 43 Giant, Crumbling Presidential Heads Ended Up in a Virginia Field. The images above by David Ogden (featured on the Instagram account @abandonedearth) show the presidents at their currently location

Me at work.

I commissioned my peer and brother @actionhankbeard to depict me on tour🍋💐💪💪💪💪💪 (at Williamsburg NYC)

🌹🌹💟 I met Sam yesterday for a photoshoot, it was so much fun talking about sex and clothes. I can’t wait to hang out again! The rose jacket he’s wearing is hand made by him, check out his fun line of clothes @tenyardsclothing ! 🌹🌹💟 #tenyardsclothing #queer (at Williamsburg NYC)

Tattooing one of my favorite clients as my first appointment in Brooklyn. Adding on to some previous work and about to tighten it up..brb🍋 (at Williamsburg NYC)


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Foxing Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn December 3, 2015