Eclectic Menagerie in Houston

Time to get back into blogging. I seem to have dropped the ball with this blog not because there haven't been good things to share but because...... well, you know.

I'll start off with something just plain fun. David and I visited relatives in Houston a couple weeks ago (thanks Cole and Stephanie!) and they had noticed a field of sculptures out along highway 288. Knowing that we go to great lengths to view sculpture parks, they suggested this as a worthy Houston site for us to see. And what fun!

We hopped out of the car and trapsed through the grass avoiding fire ant mounds to thoroughly enjoy this display of folk art assembled on the Texas Pipe & Supply company land bordering the highway. We needed to know more about why there was a impressively huge fishing rod that had managed to hook an old pickup truck.

And a quick Google search provided answers. This park is the Eclectic Menagerie Park and Texas Pipe & Supply commissions Ron Lee to build these creations using the scrapes of pipe and equipment relics collecting on the grounds. He has a workshop there and has been expanding this collection since 2001.

And Mr. Lee likes to work big!


All of the pieces made us smile.

All have personality!


And none of them are kinetic! Read more about this entertaining roadisde wonder here and here. We also checked out the Texas Beer Can House.