In the foreground of Sculpturworx’s famous president head statues can be found the likenesses of four more famous icons — The Beatles. Each of the 36-foot tall statues (except Ringo, who’s seated) of the Fab Four weighs 7,000 pounds.
Where to Go
If you were to compare The Heights to Austin, think Hyde Park-meets-the-Eastside.
Neighborhoods consist of restored Victorian period houses co-existing with newer upscale housing and surrounded by fragrant gardens. The railroad-themed, turreted Heights Playground at Donovan Park, built collectively by families, teachers and students, is a testament to the close-knit vibe of the neighborhood. 19th Street is filled with lots of shops specializing in unique or handmade items (Jubilee, Hello Lucky and Manready Mercantile, to name a few), as well as a smattering of antique stores and galleries. 14 Pews is a non-profit dedicated to storytelling through the arts and is frequently a host to films, classes, events and performances. An arts market comes to life the first Saturday of each month, featuring live music and local art, crafts and plants for sale. Check out the True North sculpture installations along the hike and bike trail on Heights Boulevard between 4th and 20th Street, where you’ll find photo opportunities with larger-than-life lawn chairs and a paper plane, among others. Make an art-filled day of it and bike to David Adickes’ Sculpturworx studio to view his many giant president heads and famous towering Beatles statues. And no visit to Houston is complete without a stop by the Beer Can House, the eccentric 18-year project of a retired upholsterer named John Milkovisch.
Other Spots to See
Enjoy the rest of our walkable Houston city guide that lets you easily ditch your car and explore three neighborhoods by foot or bike.
Museum District / Montrose
An essay by Chris Shepherd of Underbelly
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Photography: Bao Tron