Houston’s Orange Show

August 4, 2010

I love Houston, and from time to time I like to do research on it like a tourist to see what new places I can find to explore. One thing that kept coming up was an institution called The Orange Show (<–check out the website, my brother’s company designed it). They call themselves a center for visionary art, and they’re most famous for holding the annual art car parade. But there are a couple other attractions they have stewardship of, the Beer Can House and the Orange Show Monument, that I have always wanted to see.

I decided that this past weekend was the perfect time for a visit, so I dragged my youngest brother along and we made our mini pilgrimage to pay homage to folk art of Houston.

This house is covered with 50,000 beer cans, all of which were consumed. There are also 20,000 marbles embedded in the concrete surrounding it. This whole thing was done by the man who owned the house, just for fun. I don’t know how his wife let him get away with it.

Apparently it did lower their energy bills, so there’s that.


And then there’s the monument from which the Orange Show gets its name. This was also built by a man on a whim, simply because he loved oranges and wanted to share his love with others.

It looks like a small amusement park, but really it’s just in a regular residential neighborhood taking up one plot of land.

I’m telling you, the guy just really loved oranges. There were sayings like this all over the place.

His plan for the show was to have an organ playing while a tap dancer sang about health and nutrition. But sadly, his dream was never realized since he died 8 months after the monument was completed.

I feel like a better Houstonian now that I’ve visited these landmarks! If you live in the area, they’re worth a quick visit. :)

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Comments on Houston’s Orange Show

  1. 1

    From Elizabeth:

    Huh! I’ve never heard of those things, but they look like so much fun to check out!

  2. 2

    From dadman:

    I really don’t believe you had to “drag” Barry to a Beer Can House :)

  3. 3

    From Megan:

    You’re such a trooper. I know that Houston is a furnace right now, and you still look so cute in your summer dress. I keep telling Peter that THIS is precisely why I can’t do Houston again. Because I have adorable friends like you who barely break a sweat outside on a day with a heat index of 115. Who can compete with that?!

  4. 4

    From Nora:

    Wish I had known about this when I was in Houston a few years ago! Would have been fun to check out :) It’s always exciting to find new things in your city, isn’t it? Really sad about the Orange Show, though =(

  5. 5

    From Sara:

    That’s crazy! I never heard of those places, but I wouldn’t mind visiting them next time I’m in town. :)

    What part in Houston are those places anyway?

  6. 6

    From Ashley:

    weird. i live here but never heard of this place until a couple weeks ago. and here you are blogging about it! might have to check the place out next time i’m home.

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    From Kyla Roma:

    It’s so funny how you can miss those little tourist things sometimes, this looks like fun (& you look gorgeous!!)

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