PHOTOS: Rescued busts of former U.S. presidents from the closed Presidents Park

A man tours the salvaged bust of President Woodrow Wilson (front) and other busts of U.S. presidents at the mulching business where they now reside in Williamsburg, Va. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Howard Hankins rescued the giant busts of former U.S. presidents from the closed Presidents Park in Colonial Williamsburg when he was commissioned to destroy them.

Hankins had helped construct Presidents Park, and while he wasn’t necessarily in the position to inherit 43 humongous heads, he didn’t have the heart to destroy them, either.

The busts of former presidents — from George Washington to George W. Bush — are 18 to 20 feet, each weighing between 11,000 and 20,000 pounds.

There are two glaring omissions from the array of busts: Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Presidents Park ran out of funding before it could commission a full-sized bust after Obama was elected in 2008, and the park closed in 2010, well before Trump took office.

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People tour the decaying remains of salvaged busts of former US Presidents August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Former US President Andrew Jackson can be seen with other salvaged busts of former US Presidents at a mulching business where they now reside August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
A decaying salvaged bust of former President George Washington is seen at a mulching business August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
People tour the decaying remains of salvaged busts of former US Presidents August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
John Plashal speaks about history while giving people a tour of decaying remains of salvaged busts of former US Presidents Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln on August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
A decaying bust of former US President George Washington is seen near piles of mulch August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
A couple poses for a selfie with giant salvaged busts of former US Presidents August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
George Washington and Andrew Jackson can be seen as a man takes a photo of decaying busts of former US Presidents during a night photography workshop organized by John Plashal August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia.(Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Salvaged busts of former US Presidents can be seen at a mulching business where they now reside August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
A decaying bust of former US President George Washington is seen near piles of mulch August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
A tie with the Republican party's elephant mascot can be seen on a giant decaying bust of former US President George W. Bush on August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
People look at the decaying remains of salvaged busts of former US Presidents during a tour by John Plashal August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Busts of former US Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson(R) can be seen as people get an overview from a mountain of mulch while they tour the decaying remains of salvaged busts of former US Presidents August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
People pose for a selfie while touring the decaying remains of salvaged busts of former US Presidents on August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Salvaged busts of former US Presidents can be seen at a mulching business where they now reside August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Zainab Jackson takes a photo of Ateeyeh Atefat in front of salvaged busts of former US Presidents August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Busts of former US Presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington can be seen as people get an overview from a mountain of mulch while they tour the decaying remains of salvaged busts of former US Presidents August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
A decaying bust of former US President Abraham Lincoln is seen August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Salvaged busts of former US Presidents can be seen at a mulching business where they now reside August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk past decaying busts of former US Presidents near the mulching facility where they now reside on August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Decaying busts of former US Presidents are seen August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
People take photos of decaying busts of former US Presidents during a night photography workshop organized by John Plashal August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


A bust of former US President Bill Clinton(C) can be seen among other busts of former US Presidents at a mulching business where they now reside August 25, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia.(Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

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