Why Dozens of U.S. President Statues Sit Deteriorating in a Rural Virginia Field (9 pics)




All photos courtesy Patrick Joust .

Why Dozens of U.S. President Statues Sit Deteriorating in a Rural Virginia Field

Somewhere in Virginia on the outskirts of private farmland sits the completely bizarre sight of near

Somewhere in Virginia on the outskirts of private farmland sits the completely bizarre sight of nearly 40 giant U.S. president busts crumbling amongst the weeds. The mammoth heads—each estimated to weigh in excess of 7,000 pounds—were originally commissioned from a Houston artist as the centerpiece for Presidents Park , a ten-acre open-air museum with presidential sculptures and informational plaques located in Williamsburg, Virginia. First opened in 2004, the museum closed just 6 years later due to lack of attendance and most of the heads were eventually moved to a private farm where they sit today. Photographer Patrick Joust recently made a trek to the presidential graveyard and shot these amazing photos of the eroding statues. The pieces are already faded and peeling from the elements and display a number of structural scars from repeated moves. The post-apocalyptic scene is reminiscent of the final moments of Planet of the Apes, or a modern take on the giant mysterious heads sprawled across Easter Island. A few of the presidential busts have been a bit more lucky: Abraham Lincoln’s bust now rests in front of the the Lincoln RV Park in Williston, North Dakota, and Theodore Roosevelt’s bust sits outside the Roosevelt Inn in Watford. You can see more of Joust’s photography on Flickr and by following him on Facebook . (via The Virginian-Pilot , Smithsonian )

Why Dozens of U.S. President Statues Sit Deteriorating in a Rural Virginia Field

Why Dozens of U.S. President Statues Sit Deteriorating in a Rural Virginia Field

Why Dozens of U.S. President Statues Sit Deteriorating in a Rural Virginia Field

Why Dozens of U.S. President Statues Sit Deteriorating in a Rural Virginia Field

Why Dozens of U.S. President Statues Sit Deteriorating in a Rural Virginia Field

Why Dozens of U.S. President Statues Sit Deteriorating in a Rural Virginia Field

Why Dozens of U.S. President Statues Sit Deteriorating in a Rural Virginia Field




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