Rowers Find Enormous Head in Hudson

Styrofoam structure looks like ancient sculpture

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 25, 2013 8:25 AM CDT | Updated Apr 25, 2013 10:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Today's mystery: What was a seven-foot-tall head doing floating in the Hudson River? Marist College crew members found the enormous noggin, made of Styrofoam and fiberglass and reminiscent of a Greek or Roman sculpture, while on the river on Tuesday, Newsday reports. It "looked like something out of a futuristic dystopian movie," says coach Matt Lavin. (Photo here.)

The head could have come from the north or south, since currents and tides move the river's water in both directions. If it came from a statue, that statue must have been some 30 feet tall to fit the scale; about 10 rowers were needed to carry the waterlogged head onto a dock. "It's a mystery we're trying to solve," says a rep for the college, who tells the Daily Freeman that the school has contacted Bardavon, Bard College, and Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College to see if it was a theater prop that somehow went missing. "But it doesn't belong to them."

The Marist College crew team found a huge Styrofoam head in the Hudson River.
The Marist College crew team found a huge Styrofoam head in the Hudson River.   (Shutterstock)
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