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Christopher Walken Heads Crop Up in Long Island City Park

By Nicole Levy | October 3, 2016 11:34am
"My Walken heads are growing nicely this time of year," artist Bryan Zanisnik said of his work on Instagram.
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He's getting back to his roots.

Concrete cast busts of the Astoria-born actor Christopher Walken are poking out of the ground at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, where they were installed last month by Ridgewood-based artist Bryan Zanisnik as part of the outdoor museum's Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition.

Accompanying the troop of nearly life-sized busts — crowned by the actor's distinctive coiffure — is a comic by collaborator Eric Winkler that "chronicles the artist's adventures in the park and discovery of Walken's history in the neighborhood," says a description of Zanisnik's work.


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The Academy Award-winning actor who's made a career out of playing psychopaths was born in Astoria, where his father Paul ran a bakery serving the local German community and where he claims he picked up the halting cadence of his speech among non-native English speakers. 

You can now get close and personal with his likeness — if you dare sidle up to a face Walken himself said "do[esn't] need to be made to look evil." 


Well hello, Christopher Walkin. #eaf16 #socratessculpturepark #socratessculpturegarden #nyc #astoria #queens

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You can pet the Walken heads, if you choose.


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You may be tempted to walk on the Walkens.


Walken on Walken. @socratespark #christopherwalken @bryanzanisnik #EAF16

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Or nibble on them, like the mushrooms they resemble.


Hugo may have thought @bryanzanisnik's Christopher Walken busts were actually mushrooms. #EAF16

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At the very least, you can walk in a Walken wonderland until exhibition ends on March 13.