Unidentified statues appear in Houston’s 3rd district, wearing police uniforms, face masks on tires surrounded by flowers

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — In Houston, we see many mysterious statues.

Think David Eddick’s Presidential Head east of downtown.

And, don’t even get us started on that pickle statue in Tomball.

First reported by the Houston Chronicle, a new statue in Houston’s Third Ward near Blodgett and Crawford is giving people pause to learn more.

“I don’t know if this is a real person,” said Kimberly Shockley, who lives across the street. “I was staring out the living room window and it kept looking like it was looking at me. I was paranoid so I would hide.”

The statue appeared on March 2 and made its grand debut sometime in the dead of night.

People who live nearby said there was another statue involving a toilet at the same location a few months ago. It’s gone now.

“I don’t even know how they could put it away without anyone seeing it,” said neighbor Larry Duncan. “Look, it’s mysterious.”

Wearing a police uniform and mask, the statue stands on a tire surrounded by flowers.

“At first it was a female model,” Shockley said. “The head was taken off at one point, it has been replaced and the wig has been taken off.”

“It represents more than a mannequin. It represents a person’s soul. Every time I pass by, I make the sign of the cross,” said Patrick Wansing, who lives nearby. “I’m from the country. I’m from Louisiana, and it just pays homage to it.”

But what does this mean? who put it? No one seems to know.

“It’s like threatening or commenting at the same time threatening police activity or gentrification, but also like peace. It’s a strange and surprising thing,” explains Paige Quinoñes, who says she warns friends before they visit .

“I didn’t even look at it up close because I refused to get too close because I didn’t know if the thing was going to be alive,” laughed Jasmin Talley, who drove by.

“To me, it’s a combination of ‘let’s take back the streets’ and make people think twice about speeding through school districts,” explains Ed Pettit, who drives by frequently. “It looked to me like a cop with a speed gun.”

“It’s kind of weird because the first time I saw it, it was in the dark. So, you kind of wonder, what’s going on there? It doesn’t make sense to me, but I love that it’s an evolving of street art that hasn’t been eliminated by the city,” says Charles Irwin, who passes by every day.

Perhaps Duncan said it best, “I can only tell you one thing, and I think we can agree. It’s there.”

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