Presidential Heads by David Adickes

President Barack Obama bust created by Sculptor David Adicks of Huntsville, Texas
President Barack Obama bust created by Sculptor David Adicks of Huntsville, Texas

Failure of the Water Light District

The crisis that overtook the stock market in 2008 also brought an end to the plans for the Water Light District in Pearland, Texas. The backers were unable to procure further finances and the District was never completed.

The Waterlights District and Presidential Park™

Pearland, Texas is set to celebrate the official opening of the Waterlights District Presidential Park and Gardens in September 2009. Internationally known sculptor, David Adickes visited Mount Rushmore and came away with the inspiration to create presidential busts larger than life but small enough for people to get close enough to see. The result of his inspiration is a presidential park where all 43 presidential busts will eventually be erected. The park will have interactive features on American history, and room has been planned for every future president into the next century.



David Adickes creator of the presidential busts.
David Adickes creator of the presidential busts.

Failure of the Waterlights District

The Waterlights District is a planned urban development that includes retail shopping and restaurants combined with upscale residential living plus office space and a public park. The $600 planned community is located fifteen minutes from downtown Houston and is expected to become a well known tourist attraction. The WaterLights District includes The Restaurant Row, Grand Canal™ and Presidential Park™. Restaurant Row will have ten upscale restaurants with a view of the Presidential Park™ and president busts. The Waterlights District will offer a rich combination of entertainment options.

The Waterlights Distract that was planned for Pearland in Brazoria County, Texas never came to fruition due to the financial collapse that took place in the United States in 2008. Developers of the park dreamed of creating a tourist attraction that would bring revenue to the city. This never happened.

John F Kennedy done by David Adickes
John F Kennedy done by David Adickes | Source
George W. Bush displayed in the Black Hills of South Dakota
George W. Bush displayed in the Black Hills of South Dakota | Source
Abraham Lincoln president head created by David Adickes of Huntsville, Texas
Abraham Lincoln president head created by David Adickes of Huntsville, Texas | Source

Massive Presidential Busts

The internationally known sculptor, David Adickes also created the 67 foot tall statue of Sam Houston located in Huntsville, Texas as well as the 60 foot statue of Stephen F. Austin located a few miles away in Brazoria County. It took Adickes six years to carve the 18-20 foot busts of every American president. The bust of the current president, Barack Obama was recently unveiled in February on President’s Day. After a 30 city tour of the country that includes stops in Austin, Fort Worth, Chicago, and Deadwood, South Dakota the bust will join the other 42 presidents in Presidential Park in Pearland.

Six of the president heads were displayed on Highway 288 South in Pearland, Texas. Although only the six presidents were displayed they presented a glorious image immediately catch your attention as you pass. They are well lit and really show well in the darkness. Voters in an online poll chose the first presidents to be displayed at this location. They are Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Houston native George H.W. Bush. The busts are no longer displayed in Pearland, Texas

First Church of Pearland, Texas. A Pentecostal church pastored by Ken Gurley.
First Church of Pearland, Texas. A Pentecostal church pastored by Ken Gurley. | Source

Pearland, Texas

Pearland is a fast growing suburb of downtown Houston with a population of a little over 90,000. It is an hour drive to the coast as you continue south on Highway 288. The addition of the Waterlights District and the Presidential Park™ should be a welcome boon to the local economy that is in the heart of the Birthplace of Texas. The area is rich in historical significance and is worth visiting. Descendants of “the Old Three Hundred” original family settlers under Stephen F. Austin’s original Spanish charter still live in the Pearland and Brazoria County area today.

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Pearland, Texas is located in Brazoria County where Stephen F. Austin brought the first three hundred colonists into the area.

President Heads

Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas stands proudly outside Huntsville, Texas hometown of the sculptor, David Adickes.
Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas stands proudly outside Huntsville, Texas hometown of the sculptor, David Adickes. | Source
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What About the Heads?

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The President Heads

Some people think they are ridiculous and some think they are tacky. Unfortunately, the two presidential parks in Virginia and South Dakota have been closed due to lack of interest. Some people think they were just not displayed appropriately. Whatever the reason the heads have been moved from the park in Virginia and the park cleared for another business to move in. The Water Lights District was never opened in Pearland, Tx due to lack of financing. I enjoyed viewing them and thought they were spectacular.

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TheBestHomes 6 years ago

Quite interesting! Nice Hub. I will surely visit this place.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hello Peggy,

I live in Humble. They are a magnificent sight. The busts are 18 feet tall. The sculptor, David Adickes, did the violin that is in the theatre district in Downtown Houston, too.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

We have not yet made it down there to see it in person although we live in Houston. I can well imagine that it is quite the sight viewed in person. How tall are the sculptures? Interesting hub. Thanks!


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Dame Scribe 7 years ago from Canada

That has got to be the coolest park to celebrate. I hope Canada gets one too, lol. Great info!


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

I don't know. My husband and I spent quite a while trying to figure out who it was. Never did until I did some research and found out. haha! According to everything I read that is George H.W. Bush!


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RNMSN 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

Great Hub smireles!! Waterlights District will be very nice!! I don't see the likeness either of Bush...they should have done it smiling I think then you could tell it was him...maybe?

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