“A Monumental Work of Handmade Architecture”
The Orange Show Monument is a folk-art environment - a monumental work of handmade architecture - located in Houston's East End. It was built single handedly from 1956 until its completion in 1979, by the late Jefferson Davis McKissack, a Houston postal worker. The outdoor 3,000 square foot environment is maze-like in design and includes an oasis, a wishing well, a pond, a stage, a museum, a gift shop, and several upper decks. It is constructed of concrete, brick, steel and found objects including gears, tiles, wagon wheels, mannequins, tractor seats and statuettes. Each piece of the Orange Show Monument was hand-placed and hand-painted by McKissack. Jeff 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. The Orange Show is one of the most important folk art environments in the United States. The Orange Show monument is open Saturdays and Sundays, from Noon - 5pm or by appointment. Hours sometimes vary seasonally, so check the website. Admission to the monument is $1.00 per person.
This place is iconic. It's more of a visionary arts center, and the board is responsible for saving the Beer Can House and other Houston attractions. They offer classes, shows, and camps, too! Go during the Art Car Parade.
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The Orange Show Monument
- Sun, Sat: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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