Collectors and artsy-crafty types will have to head to East Downtown for their muse-feeding materials when Texas Art Asylum, a 18-month-old venture in the First Ward’s art district (top), packs it all up and moves its various shop-classroom-warehouse operations from several sites to one consolidated locale at 1719 Live Oak St. (above and left). The new space, about 6,000 sq. ft., is the former home of pedicab vendor Space City Bike Cabs.
Popular with artists, prop-masters, collectors, and teachers in need of mass quantities of inexpensive cool stuff, Texas Art Asylum bills itself as a “creative reuse” repository of thrift-salvage-craft materials. Inventory, and lots of it, has been categorized and not-so-chock-a-block placed on shelves . . . as well as every other available surface.
The 2,600-sq.-ft. obstacle course inside 1230 Houston Ave. opened in May 2011 but quickly reached its “display” capacity. The proprietors had also leased 2 separate 500-sq.-ft. storage units — and filled their garages, too. Meanwhile, their related nonprofit Texas Center for Recycled Art and its popular Teachers’ Warehouse project had space nearby at MECA. The upcoming move means a packing blitz after the Jan. 19 final day at its Deco building (at right), which was originally an auto dealership.
One of the owners says the new Live Oak St. digs was originally a coffin factory, “which we found out when we asked why there is a grieving angel medallion above the entrance [above, and at right]. This made it even more perfect for us.”
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Photos: CALwords (1230 Houston Ave.); Neil Lokken (1719 Live Oak St.)