June 08, 2007
The Beatles are coming!

To I-10 and Shepherd in the next few months.

Beatles statues are now up at Sculpturworx on Summer Street near Sawyer in west Houston and they were created by a man who's left his mark on other parts of southeast Texas.

The Beatles are part of our musical landscape. Now, they are part of Houston's physical landscape. At 36 feet tall, the concrete statues are instantly recognized by the smallest of observers.


The Beatles songs revolutionized the pop music industry in the 1960s. But it was the Sgt. Pepper period with day-glo military uniforms that stuck in the mind of local artist David Adickes.

"They're creativity, their musicianship, their writing, their sense of portrait," he said. "They're just very creative guys."

Adickes designed and built the giant cello outside the Lyric Center in downtown Houston -- a musical concept he wanted to expand.

"I've always liked standing figures that are pretty abstract, so I thought I'd like to do that, and I thought three or four and the Beatles were the obvious choice," he said.

Adickes has always thought big, designing giant presidential busts for a project in Pearland. And while the presidents are big, the Beatles are bigger -- at least physically.

"Each one of those weighs about 7,000 pounds, so you've got 25-30,000 pounds," said Adickes.

Any day with David Adickes news in it is a good day. Ken Hoffman has more. You can see some pix of these statues, plus other Adickes work, on this Flickr page. And yes, I'll be by soon with my own camera. Can't wait to see these babies in their eventual location.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 08, 2007 to Elsewhere in Houston

I saw the photos of this statue group in the Chronicle, and I cringed. These sculptures are cheesy and kitschy, and their very monumentality keeps them from at least being somewhat playful. I hate them. Then, I'm not a huge fan of Adickes. His realistic sculpture is intriguing (if not exactly inspired), but his semi-abstract sculptures are all cheesy embarrassments to the fine art of sculpture.

Posted by: RWB on June 8, 2007 1:35 PM