Despite its conservative reputation, Houston has a strong arts community.
Despite its conservative reputation, Houston has a strong arts community. (Photos by David Kidd)
Famously car-dependent and fiercely independent, a sign atop this totem proclaims Houston as the "art car capitol of the world," a reference to the city's longstanding annual art car parade.
Art cars can be seen throughout the city.
Celebrating individuality and the automobile, the Art Car Museum has been a fixture since 1988.
A former Art Car Parade participant sits disassembled behind a warehouse.
A parking lot in the East End is adorned with public art.
Someone wanted their truck and house to match.
This house has been turned into a work of art.
A group of artist's from the city's Third Ward transformed the side of a beauty salon into an outdoor living and dining room called "The Beauty Box."
Covered with 50,000 cans, the "Beer Can House" is a Houston institution.
A group of restored shotgun houses has become an "artists' collective celebrating African-American culture and history." A row behind the art studios houses single mothers.
Built with discarded materials and junk between 1956 and 1979, Houston mail carrier Jeff McKissack constructed "The Orange Show" in honor of his favorite fruit.
McKissack's creation "extols the virtues of his favorite fruit and encourages visitors of all ages to follow his theories relating health and longevity to good nutrition, hard work and eating oranges."
Currently under construction, Smither Park, "Inspired by the aesthetics and philosophy of the Orange Show," will be the city's first folk-art inspired green space.
The park's structures are being assembled by volunteer artists using materials not typically seen in recreation areas.