I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
American Statesmanship Park: A Nod to Notables
David Adickes is a well-known sculptor famous for creating giant-sized figures. These notable figures include the following: Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington.
American Statesmanship Park is the smallest park in all of Harris County. One-third of an acre with measurements of 50 by 100 feet is undoubtedly a small park by anyone's standards. It is particularly so in the gigantic sprawling City of Houston (the 4th largest city in the United States), which my hubby and I call our home.
Now for a mini-history lesson.
Stephen F. Austin
Stephen F. Austin is considered to be the "Father of Texas." That is partly because of his influence in successfully settling some 300 families in what would ultimately become the State of Texas after independence from Mexico.
David Adickes, the artist who created this American Statesmanship Park, also created a giant standing statue of Stephen F. Austin. It stands 67 feet high, including the base, and is located in Angleton, Texas. Adickes also created a bust of Austin in Bellville, Texas.
Stephen F. Austin is honored by having the State Capitol of Texas as well as a county and even a Texas University named after him. Stephen F. Austin University is located in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Sam Houston is an interesting character, and much has been written about him. Not only is our fair city of Houston named after him, but like Stephen F. Austin, he also has a University that bears his name. Sam Houston State University is in Huntsville, Texas.
Numerous schools bear his name, as well as a fort in San Antonio, a Texas national forest, a submarine, and the list continues!
David Adickes created a towering 67-foot statue of Sam Houston in Huntsville, and Sam Houston's gravesite is also in that town.
Diversity of opinion is the foundation of democracy.
— Sam Houston
Most people know at least a little about the 16th President of the United States because of two essential things:
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- his actions in presiding over the American Civil War and its aftermath of abolishing slavery, and
- his assassination.
This man who became President had a fascinating personal history, as well as a powerful and lasting effect on how the state of our nation was to evolve.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
— Abraham Lincoln
As every school child in the United States eventually learns, George Washington was the first President of the United States.
Unlike Abraham Lincoln, Washington came from a wealthy background. Instead of merely leading the life of landed gentry, George Washington became intricately involved as the head of the army fighting for independence during the American Revolutionary War.
He also was instrumental in the formation of the United States Constitution. It laid out the rules of law, which we follow to this day, with only 27 amendments ratified and instituted since the year of its inception, which was March 4, 1789. Of those 27, the first ten, which are the Bill of Rights, were added in that same year of 1789 in September. The last amendment was passed over 202 years later in 1992.
One must admit that the people involved in drawing up the United States Constitution were very brilliant men for it to have lasted this long with so few amendments since its origination.
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
— George Washington
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The busts of these particular statesmen stand 18 feet tall and are made out of concrete with reinforced steel at their core. Their weight is a whopping 7,000 pounds! They are seated atop bases, which lift them another 6 feet, making them a total of 24 feet in height.
These statues are placed at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Interstate 45, where they can easily be seen from passing motorists. Approximately three million cars pass this intersection each day.
Understandably, they are dubbed "Mount Rush Hour," which was a title bestowed upon them by the artist. The photo above was taken out of the passenger side of our car as we were zooming along one day. So this is the size seen by motorists from their vehicles. The remainder of these photos were taken from visiting the actual tiny Houston park in person one day.
They are illuminated at night so that they are visible at all times of the day.
David Adickes enjoys creating public art and purchased this small plot of land for $87,000. Each sculpture has a valuation of $100,000.
A private collector ended up purchasing the park from Adickes and donated it to Harris County Precinct 2. It is a roadside attraction that adds to the collection of public art in Houston and one that is certainly a memorable one.
David Adickes is a painter as well as a sculptor and has a museum in Huntsville, Texas.
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Unlike most recreational places, this one is not made for people to picnic and enjoy themselves as most people do when thinking of going to an outdoor park. It is a bit difficult even to find!
My husband and I wove around some streets going through an old neighborhood behind the statues one day and eventually found this park. It is a neighborhood in transition. Old houses, some of them boarded up and looking quite derelict, are intermingled with new construction. The new homes will replace all of the old structures in not too long a time.
The video below shows some of the newer homes built near the sculptures. I had taken my photos before they were constructed. It also portrays the western edge of downtown Houston.
The address is 1400 Elder Street, Houston, Texas 77007. It is a short dead-end street.
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© 2020 Peggy Woods