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Texas Statues

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Popeye
Crystal City, TX
Fisk Tire Boy
Forney, TX
Knight [gone]
Austin, TX
The original, eight foot tall Popeye statue was installed in 1937. That figure now stands inside City Hall to protect it from vandals. This six foot tall statue is a replacement created in 2007. These photos are from 2008. By 2013, a canopy had been installed over the statue. Crystal City calls itself the "Spinach Capital of the World." For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

There are other Popeye statues in Chester,IL, Orlando, FL, Long Island, NY, Springdale, AR, and Alma, AR.

This Fisk Tire Boy was located behind De Ridder Antiques when this photo was taken in 2011. I don't know if the statue is still there. These statues were mass-produced for Fisk Tire stores. They are very rare now. For more about them, see this example in Rural, NC.

The Knight in Austin, nicknamed Rusty, stood in front of the Saxon Pub. I believe it had been here since 1990 when the club opened. It was removed in 2017. These knight statues were mass-produced and can be found at different places around the country.

Pinner Carpets
Odessa, TX
Buddy Holly
Lubbock, TX
Pinner Carpets opened in 1961. I assume this king on a flying carpet has been there since then. These photos are from 2012. In 2013, the king was repainted. For more, see this website. [map]

This bronze statue of Buddy Holly is 8 1/2 feet tall. It was produced by Grant Speed in 1980 and installed here in 2011. Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock. [map]

Baseball Player
Corpus Christi, TX
Devil
Corpus Christi, TX
In 2005, this bronze Baseball Player statue was installed in front of Whataburger Field, a minor league baseball stadium. The 18 foot tall statue is entitled "For the Love of the Game". [map]

This Devil statue is installed in front of a recycling business. It came from the Hell Hole ride at the Conneaut Lake Park amusement park in Conneaut Lake, PA. It was moved to Corpus Christi around 1995. It was put in storage for several years before being installed here. There was another one of these statues at a Hell Hole ride in Coney Island, NY. [map]

"For Sale"
Corpus Christi, TX
This "For Sale" concrete sculpture was created by Danny O'Dowdy. It has been located at the Hamlin Shopping Center since 1984. The life-size figures represent and husband and wife shopping for a car. [map]

Magic Island
Houston, TX
The Magic Island restaurant opened in 1983 and featured dinners, magic shows, and music. The original location opened in 1981 in Newport Beach, CA. That location closed around 2008. Both of the venues were for members only wity steep initiation fees and annual dues. There were plans to build locations all around the country but that never happened. After a couple of fires, the Houston location closed in 2008. There are many intact interior features like disco balls, sarcophagi, painted murals with Egyptian and magic details. In 2018, it was announced that there are plans to revive the Houston location. Membership will not be required. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map] [map]

Art Guys
Houston, TX

2011:

2018:
The approximately 14 foot tall Art Guys statues were built in 1998. The statues were made from metal, wood, and polyurethane. The statues were previously both painted a moss green color. They were created by, and represent, Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing, aka The Art Guys. The statues were displayed in Tampa, Scottsdale, and other cities in Texas. They are now at the location for which they were created when the place was known as the Safe Way Motors used car lot. The statues have been repainted several times. The business is know known as Mainland Auto Sales. For more, see this website. [map]

Astronaut
Houston, TX
Mr. Pollo #2
Fort Worth, TX
Atlas
Austin, TX
This fiberglass Astronaut statue holds an order of French Fries. He is installed on the roof of a McDonald's which is next to Space Center Houston. The statue was built by John Knott. It has been there since at least 2007. [map]

This Mr. Pollo #2 chicken restaurant statue was installed around 2014. [map]

This Atlas statue was originally produced for Jack LaLanne Fitness Centers. There are still many of these statues, adopted by other businesses, scattered around the country including these in California. This statue in Austin has been advertising for this Chuy's restaurant since at least 2007. The chain was established in 1982. I don't believe any of the other locations have an Atlas statue. For more, see this website. [map]

Genie
Austin, TX
This Genie statue was installed on the roof of the Blue Genie Art Bazaar building in 2016. The art sculpture company was founded in 1999. This statue was previously installed on the roof of the company's Springdale Rd. location. It had been there since at least 2007. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Baby Devil
Austin, TX
Tin Soldier
Waco, TX
This revolving Baby Devil was installed in 2014 at the Torchy's Tacos on E. 51st St. It was produced by Blue Genie Arts which has made several of these statues for different Torchy's locations. The devil mascot came from the company's slogan "Damn Good." For more, see this website. [map]

This 80-foot-tall Tin Soldier was created in 2014. It conceals an abandoned incinerator in a parking lot. [map]

Olmec Head
Austin, TX
Murle's Gunsmith Shop
Granbury, TX
This Olmec Head is a stone replica of the San Lorenzo Monument Head in Veracruz, Mexico. It was installed in 2008 in front of the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas. There are several of these replica heads installed around the country. For more, see this website. [map]

Murle's Gunsmith Shop was established in 1973. This statue is probably from then. It appears that it revolved originally. Apparently, this statue was mass-produced since there is another one in Oshkosh, WI at M. Schettl Sales. [map]

Footprints in the Sand Monument
Carthage, TX
The Footprints in the Sand Monument was sculpted by Bob Harness in 2016. It is 14 feet tall and is installed in Pippen Memorial Park. [map]

Sam Houston
Huntsville, TX
In 1994, David Adickes built this 67 foot tall statue of Sam Houston. It is entitled "Tribute to Courage". There is also a giant head to pose with. For more, see this website. [map]

Stephen F. Austin
Angleton, TX
This 60 foot tall concrete statue of Stephen F. Austin was built by David Adickes and installed in 2005. [map]

Stephen F. Austin
Bellville, TX
President Eisenhower
Denison, TX
This giant bust of Stephen F. Austin was built by David Adickes and installed around 2012. [map]

This giant bust of President Eisenhower was built by built by David Adickes was installed in 2011. [map]

David Adickes Studio
Houston, TX

2008 and 2011:

2018:
This is where David Adickes created giant statues and busts for Presidents Parks (Williamsburg, VA and Lead, SD). In 2010, Adickes moved his studio to Huntsville, TX. However, the Houston studio remained in operation. In 2014, the Presidential busts were moved to Adickes' new studio on Nance St. in Houston. Later that year, a 34-foot-tall Charlie Chaplin statue was installed. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Beatles statues are 36-feet tall and were built in 2007. They were left behind when Adickes studio moved. They were still at the old location in 2016. By 2017, they had been moved to the 8th Wonder Brewery Lot. They are supposedly only there for a year and are for sale. [map]

More Texas Statues:
Stephen Austin (Bellville)
President Eisenhower (Denison)
private collection (Greenville)
Pilgrim's Pride (Pittsburg)

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