A fantastic must-see piece is new on display at our neighborhood’s quirkiest open-air art gallery. Not an official museum – it’s Gary Isett’s garden – the Abrams and Trammel property is known locally for its tail wagging exhibits. Those include, but are not limited to, a six-foot-tall vintage Kips Big Boy statue, a 10-foot-tall velociraptor, a maniacal chipman, the giant Easter gorilla (with a basket and bouquet of lilies), retro Dairy Queen signage, and a Cowboys blue Billiken. So when Isett says, “It might be my best buy yet,” you’ll want to drive past it.
Meet Peggy the Unicorn Pegasus.
To make way for his latest acquisition, our curator had to sell something. His antique air car at the State Fair of Texas went to Truck Yard on Greenville Avenue, an establishment whose owners share Isett’s penchant for outdoor pop art and dedication to cultivating kitsch.
“Introducing the newest table at The Truck Yard!” Isett posted to Facebook last week, ahead of Peggy’s reveal.
Isett has an entertaining history with the Truck Yard. It has to do with the purchase of a certain reptile sculpture in the past by the beer garden.
Before you can appreciate the backstory, you need to know a little about Tango Frogs.
By 1990, six 10-foot-tall dancing frog sculptures, created by artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade, stood at the top of Greenville Avenue’s Tango nightclub. But because of a signage they had to come down. The controversy that resulted in their move was so culturally disturbing that it New York Times.
At one point, Isett tried to buy the frogs in question, which the Time described at the time as “10 meter high, steel and urethane creations … dancing and playing musical instruments …” (To be clear, the description has not changed).
He lost that bid. Truck Yard has the frogs.
Now that the State Fair gondola is near Truck Yard’s beloved booted toads, Peggy has room to spread her wings and, unless we’ve missed something, all is well with the world.
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