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American Statesmanship Park by Sculptor David Adickes

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American Statesmanship Park by Sculptor David Adickes

American Statesmanship Park by Sculptor David Adickes

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.

Closeup of Stephen F. Austin

Closeup of Stephen F. Austin

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.

Closeup of Sam Houston

Closeup of Sam Houston

Sam Houston

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

Closeup of Abraham Lincoln

Closeup of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Most people know at least a little about the 16th President of the United States because of two essential things:

  • 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

Closeup of George Washington

Closeup of George Washington

George Washington

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

American Statesmanship Park

American Statesmanship Park

More About "Mount Rush Hour"

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.

Viewing American Statesmanship Park

Viewing American Statesmanship Park

David Adickes

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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Location

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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2020:

Hi Robert,

Houston has always embraced the arts, and I am not just talking about outdoor sculptures, murals, museums, and the like. We are one of the few cities that has a professional symphony, ballet, opera, theater, etc.

Robert Sacchi on February 14, 2020:

Do you know when the art boom happened in Houston?

manatita44 from london on February 14, 2020:

Haha.

The rose has smiled on us for eons, offering its redolence as a sacrifice to humanity. I'm not home, but before I walked 100 metres, I saw so many! Now here's a bigger legacy!

My poetry will include some surprises. Thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2020:

Hello Manatita,

I will look forward to your 'legacy' piece and the people you feature in it. The people featured in this American Statesmanship Park are all famous Americans, among them, two of our Presidents.

manatita44 from london on February 14, 2020:

Addickes was a remarkable man as seen through his art. I'm doing a piece on 'legacy' at the moment and his work is truly a lasting legacy.

I look up to and admire the two souls that I'm familiar with in the paintings. They are a large part of the Spirit of America. There's Jefferson, of course and a few more.

Some men come into the earth arena for this purpose. We have two in our Sri Chinmoy Centre and one of Sri Chinmoy will go up where it's meant to and will be much bigger and in time seen by millions, rather like the work of the Christ in Brazil, I believe. South America, any way. Great work, Peggy

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2020:

Hi Robert,

Houston is filled to the brim with public art. One would never even have to enter a museum to see all kinds of it outdoors. It is wonderful that other parts of the country also help to support the arts.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

I'll just bet that it was the same artist who created them. It is too bad if they are not in the same park.

Robert Sacchi on February 11, 2020:

It is interesting how many pieces of art are tucked away throughout the country. Thanks for letting me know about this one.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 11, 2020:

This reminds me of a now defunct President’s Park in Williamsburg, VA that had huge heads of each of the Presidents and you could walk through them and picnic there if desired. They are now abandoned elsewhere in rural Virginia and it’s kinda spooky. I don’t know if the same sculptor was involved. It’d be nice to see them again from the highway like you see these heads.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2020:

Thanks, Liz. Most people in Houston undoubtedly only catch a glimpse of these sculptures when driving past them at a fast pace on Interstate 10. It was fun taking a closer look at them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2020:

Hi Linda,

Yes, these sculptures by David Adickes, as well as others around town, are certainly impressive. There is much to do and see in Houston! I'll be adding many more articles soon.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 11, 2020:

This looks like an interesting place to visit. You have written a well-structured and well-illustrated article.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 10, 2020:

I would very much like to visit Houston to see the places and items that you describe in your articles. The four sculptures must be an impressive sight.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2020:

Hi Bill,

Yes, this was decidedly a mini-history lesson. I wanted the focus to be on the sculptures and the artist who created them. Thanks for your comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 10, 2020:

I love stuff like this.Thanks for the mini history lesson, and for introducing me to this lovely park.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada,

So happy to know that you enjoyed seeing these sculptures and also viewing the video which shows them as well as a view of our downtown Houston. Thanks for your comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 09, 2020:

Wonderful article about the American Statesmanship Park, at Houston. The sculptures look elegant indeed, and so much close to the actual personalities. Great art work. Great pictures and wonderful video.

Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 09, 2020:

Hi John,

They are indeed imposing figures in such a tiny park. We have other sculptures created by David Adickes in the Houston area. His giant sculptures are amazing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 09, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

This Statesmanship Park is a truly tiny park in Houston, but what sets it apart from other so-called pocket parks are these giant sculptures. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 09, 2020:

Thank you for sharing this Peg. It is interesting to see artwork and read about places we may never get the opportunity to visit in person. It sounds like these statues are a very imposing feature to be situated at such a tiny park.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 09, 2020:

I read a book recently about the war that won Texas land from the Mexicn, so I am very familiar with Austin and Houston. These are very nice statues and look nice for a small park. Houston seems to have so many lovely places to visit. This is another good article about a park in Houston.