Easter Island on the Hudson

Ted Ludwiczak

1926 —
Haverstraw, NY
Sculpture (stone)
Private property  –  Visible from the street

Right there on the banks of the Hudson, where the river is at its widest, Ted Ludwiczak makes his heads.

They’re like friends to him, he says. Ted worked for years as a contact lens maker. When he retired, he found himself looking for things to do. One day while working on a seawall at the edge of his property, he saw a rock that looked like a face to him. He chiseled some on it, then went back the next day and made a companion for it, so it wouldn’t be lonely. Then 67 more on the seawall, and then heads all over the yard and onto his porch, and, well you get the idea. Ted makes some of his own tools for doing the work from lawnmower blades and that’s part of the fun too

Sweet, humble and pretty darned spry, we think Ted’s another great example of grassroots art helping improve people’s “golden years.”

Find this site and others with the iPhone app, “Best Road Trip Ever!”

(Photos and information courtesy of Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations)

Bibliography & Links:

“Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations Coast to Coast Travel-o-Pedia” by Randy Mason, et. al., Kansas City Star Books, 2009.

On DVD – Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations, “Next Stop New England”, KCPT, Kansas City Public Television, 2003.

“American Self-Taught Art: An Illustrated Analysis of 20th Century Artists and Trends with 1,319 Capsule Biographies” by Florence Laffal and Julius Laffal, 2003.

“Contemporary American Folk Art  – A Collector’s Guide”  Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Abbeville Press, 1996.

“Self-Made Worlds: Visionary Environments” by Roger Manley and Mark Sloan, Aperture, New York, 1997.

Folk Art Messenger: “Ted Ludwiczak’s Easter Island on the Hudson”