The Forgotten Statues Of American Presidents
Take a tour of the forgotten statues of American Presidents, that lie abandoned in Williamsburg, Virginia. ‘Presidents Park’ was build as a brand new tourist attraction in 2004, in Williamsburg, Virginia, and it was supposed to be a huge open-air museum. At least that’s what Everette “Haley” Newman, the landowner imagined…
He contracted sculptor David Adickes to create 43 giant busts featuring the US Presidents from George Washington, all the way up to George W. Bush. He got his inspiration from Mount Rushmore, South Dakota.
All these forgotten statues of American Presidents weigh almost 7,000 lbs (3,175 kg) and stand between 18 and 20 ft tall (5,4 and 6 m tall).
Although the idea of the Park was pretty good, combining natural landscapes with American history, in 2010, due to the lack of interest and the low number of tourists, the park finally closed its doors. These forgotten statues of American Presidents were relocated in different parts of the country. Abraham Lincoln’s bust can be found at the Lincoln RV Park in North Dakota, while Theodore Roosevelt’s bust can be seen outside the Roosevelt Inn in Watford.
Talented photographer Patrick Jouist managed to track down these forgotten statues and wanted to do a photo-documentary about what happens with abandoned statues. He quickly realized that Mother Nature took over, and most of these statues are starting to crack and chip away.
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