A fantastic must-see piece is recently on display in the most unusual outdoor art gallery in our neighborhood. This is not an official museum – it is the court of Gary Isett – the property of Abrams and Trammel is known locally for its wacky exhibits. These include, but are not limited to, a vintage seven foot Kips Big Boy statue, 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’s signage and a Blue Cowboys Billiken. So when Isett says, “This might be my best buy yet,” you want to take a drive.
Meet Peggy the Pegasus Unicorn.
In the process of making room for his latest acquisition, our curator needed to sell something. His antique State Fair of Texas Sky Car went to Truck Yard on Greenville Avenue, an establishment whose owners share Isett’s penchant for outdoor pop art and his commitment to cultivating kitsch.
«Presentation of the new table at The Truck Yard! Isett posted on Facebook last week, before revealing Peggy.
Isett has an entertaining history with the Truck Yard. It has to do with the beer garden’s purchase of a certain reptilian sculpture.
Before you can appreciate this backstory, you need to know Tango Frogs.
Around 1990, six 10-foot-tall dancing frog sculptures, created by artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade, dominated the Tango nightclub on Greenville Avenue. But due to a signaling order, they had to get off. The controversy that led to their move was so culturally upsetting that it made the 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 creations, made of steel and urethane… dancing and playing musical instruments…” (To be clear, the description has not changed).
He lost that offer. Truck Yard had the frogs.
Now the State Fair Gondola is located near Truck Yard’s beloved Toads, Peggy has room to spread her wings, and unless we’ve missed something, all is well with the world.
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