A fantastic piece not to be missed is recently on display at our neighborhood’s quirkiest outdoor art gallery. Not an official museum – it’s Gary Isett’s court – the property at Abrams and Trammel is locally renowned for its wacky exhibits. These include, but are not limited to, a seven-foot vintage statue of Kips Big Boy, a 10-foot-tall velociraptor, a maniacal French Fry Man, the giant Easter Gorilla (carrying a basket and a bouquet of Lillies), retro Dairy Queen signage and a Cowboys Blue Billiken. So when Isett says, “This might be my best buy yet,” you want to take it for a spin.
Meet Peggy the Pegasus Unicorn.
Making room for his latest acquisition, our curator needed to sell something. Her antique State Fair of Texas air car went to Truck Yard on Greenville Avenue, an establishment whose owners share Isett’s penchant for al fresco pop art and her commitment to cultivating kitsch.
“Introducing the all new table from The Truck Yard! Isett posted on Facebook last week, before unveiling Peggy.
Isett has an entertaining history with the Truck Yard. It has to do with the beer garden’s past acquisition of a certain reptilian sculpture.
Before you can appreciate said backstory, you need to know about Tango Frogs.
Around 1990, six 10-foot-tall dancing frog sculptures, created by artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade, topped the Tango nightclub on Greenville Avenue. But due to a signaling order, they had to get off. The controversy that resulted in their relocation was so culturally shattering that it New York Times.
At one point, Isett tried to buy the frogs in question, which the Time at the time described as “10-foot tall, steel and urethane creations…dancing and playing musical instruments…” (To be clear, the description has not changed).
He lost that offer. Truck Yard got the frogs.
Now that the State Fair Gondola is located near the beloved Truck Yard Toadstools, Peggy has room to spread her wings and, unless we missed something, all is well with the world.
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