Well known Houston artist David Adickes is on a mission to shine a light on the silent film era. In true Adickes fashion, he's accomplished this by constructing a hard to miss 34-foot-tall Charlie Chaplin statue. Around town you'll find past works like his monumental "Presidents' Heads" and the "We Heart Houston" sculpture along Interstate 10 inside the 610 Loop. His latest project can be found at his new studio near the interchange of the Eastex Freeway and I-10, just northeast of downtown.
He and his crew built Chaplin using concrete and steel, which took three months to complete. The final touch, of course, was Chaplin's iconic walking cane.
Once the weather cools in the next month, Adickes plans to invite the community for screenings of Chaplin's classics and other silent films. Screenings will be free of charge every Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
"Kids today don't know who Charlie Chaplin is," Adickes says. "I want to invite kids and their parents to watch these films in honor of Charlie Chaplin and other comics of that period."
Adickes Sculpturworx Studio
2401 Nance Street
Houston, TX 77020