Jeff McKissack, a mail carrier in Houston, Texas
, transformed a small suburban lot near his wood frame house into The Orange Show
in honor of his favorite fruit. Between 1956 and 1980, when he died, McKissak used common building materials and recycled
junk such as bricks, tiles, fencing, and farm implements to transform his home into an architectural maze of walkways, balconies, arenas and exhibits decorated with mosaics and brightly painted iron figures.
When McKissack died, Houston arts patron Marilyn Oshman
formed a non-profit foundation
to preserve The Orange Show. The 21 original donors represent a diverse cross-section of Houston: Dominique de Menil
, members of the legendary Houston-based rock band ZZ Top
and East End funerary director Tommy Schlitzberger. In 1982, the restored site opened and newly hired staff began to integrate The Orange Show into Houston's cultural life through a wide variety of programs. Artists, musicians and literary figures that make Houston their home bring depth and dimension to programs, and give the public immediate access to creative thinking. Read more...