Have You Seen Me? Giant Styrofoam Head Found

Published On : 4/25/2013 10:16 AM
By : Korva Coleman
From : NPR
Categories : Nation
A floating head was discovered by the Marist College men's crew team this week in the Hudson River.

Crew members from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., were out practicing on the Hudson River this week when they were surprised by a gigantic head floating toward them.

A floating head was discovered by the Marist College men's crew team this week in the Hudson River.

Tyler Sawyer, Marist College/Facebook 

The Poughkeepsie Journal says it's about 7 feet tall and made out of plastic foam and fiberglass; it's missing its nose and has the appearance of Greek or Roman architecture. Marist College spokesman Greg Cannon told the paper the huge item was lifted out of the water Monday, directly across from the school. No one's come forward to claim it.

Matt Lavin, the head coach for the college men's crew team, says there are two theories behind the head's origin. "It's from a Mardi Gras float and got washed out to sea and to us — I think that's unlikely. The second and much more plausible [idea] in my opinion is that it came from a theater company up from the North — maybe Red Hook or Rhinebeck, N.Y."

But how it could have been washed out to sea or mislaid by an inattentive group of thespians is anyone's guess. Newsday says there's at least one social media user who slyly suggested the head is linked to "Ozymandias," Percy Bysshe Shelley's dramatic sonnet about an enormous crumbling statue. The poem speaks of a statue's "shattered visage" and declares, "Look on my works ye mighty, and despair!"

Whether kingly or not, Lavin says, the head is staying put. "Right now, it's sitting outside the boathouse overlooking the river and we're planning to keep it. But other than that I'm not sure what we'll do with it."

Cannon gave Newsday another suggestion: "Maybe have the art students build a body for it, I don't know."

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