Friday, January 18, 2013

Kneeling "propped" Indian Statue, Somerville, TX

Kneeling "propped" Indian Statue, Somerville, TX

By the time I got around to visiting this kneeling Indian Statue, outside of Somerville, TX on Highway 36, he may have had just a litte to much "fire water". Tilting a bit to the right, he needed two sturdy 2x4's to keep him from leaning.
He sits in an open field between several out buildings. An easy stop to just pull over and photograph.




Thursday, January 17, 2013

Billy Bass Adoption Center, Arlington, TX

Billy Bass Adoption Center, Arlington, TX

I remember buying my dad one of these in the late 90's, everyone had one. I still think it resides in our attic, tucked away with all of those other "as seen on TV" items
Remember the head turning towards you and "Don't Worry Be Happy" (Bobby McFerrin) being belted out of the Big Mouth Billy Bass fish lips. Encountered this #RoadsideAmerica site just down the road from the Dallas Cowboy's Stadium in Arlington, TX. Thought that it was unique but apparently there are several of these adoption center throughout the West and Southwest (Arlington, TX claiming to be the first) located inside of the Flying Fish restaurant, a Southern Sea Food Chain. The owner claims that most of the Billy Bass's are brought in by women. (Lone Star Outdoor News) there was also several knock offs in the restaurant like a Singing Shark.
Not sure how I will explain it on my next trip to Texas by Billy Bass will be in carry on luggage and on his way to a good home. Rumor has it you get a free basket of fried catfish and fries with every donation. 



















Southern Food and Beverage Museum, History of the Cocktail, NewOrleans, LA

Southern Food and Beverage Museum, History of the Cocktail, New Orleans, LA





























































Tuesday, January 15, 2013

"Virtuoso" Giant Cellist with Accompaniment Behind, Houston, TX

Virtuoso Giant Cellist with Accompaniment Behind, Houston, TX 



This giant 36 foot tall cellist, by sculptor David Adickes is only one part of the quartet off of Louisiana Street, in front of the Lyric Theater in Houston Texas. This is the same artist that created the president’s heads of Mount Rush Hour and the Giant Beatles Statues. This statue is a humanized cello that has an attached head and hands.
 




Metal Sculptures in Eclectic Menagerie Park, Houston, TX

Metal Sculptures in Eclectic Menagerie Park, Houston, TX

On the edge of the Texas Pipe and Supply Company, just off the entrance ramp off of Bellfort Rd you will find a field adjacent to Highway 288 (it can be seen from the road by Houston motorist whizzing by as Houston drivers do, at high speed and with no choice of lane. Interesting park and at first extremely hard to find as I actually had to get onto 288 to figure out how to get there after driving around an industrial park for 20 minutes. As usual I parked the car for a quick out of the car picture and found myself wandering from statue to statue and figure to figure. Scroll down to see Metal Dragon,
Giant Johnny Quest type Spider, Snoopy in his Red Plane, Roadrunner, Giant Metal Armadillo, Three Painted Heifers,
Soldier in Salute, Bi-Plane, Landing Eagle, Stegosaurus, Something from Whoville, Mariachi Band on a Beam, Giant Ape on a Crane and a Atomic Size Grasshopper. Well worth the stop but later found pullover spot on entrance ramp made just for sightseers like myself. Also found, after wandering all over the field and the company property a No Trespassing Sign as well as a sign that said this property protected by attack dog.
























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