The City of Houston permitting office has worked its artistic magic: There’s a house now sitting on the lot at 3705 Lyons Ave. in the Fifth Ward that’s officially classified as a sculpture. Last week, it was just a run-down bungalow a couple of miles to the northwest, at 3012 Erastus St. At what point along its journey — which after several postponements finally took place last Thursday night — did the transformation occur? City officials and demo artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck can’t pinpoint it. But we’ve got a few photos of the move. Maybe someone can point out for us the exact moment the art began?
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Havel and Ruck had to make sure all city permits were in place for their Houston Arts Alliance-funded project, which they’re calling “Fifth Ward Jam.” As Havel explained to Swamplot last week, city officials “had a hard time categorizing” the work. They needed to identify the house as a structure in order for it to qualify for the moving permit. But on its arrival at the Fifth Ward CRC’s lot on the corner of Lyons and Capron St., all they needed was permission to work on a sculpture.
Here’s the house on its original site:
After Wooten House Movers had the structure in tow:
Along Lyons Ave.:
And being backed onto the new site:
Before they even get to wield a Sawzall, Havel and Ruck’s raw material is sculpture:
- Previously on Swamplot: Houston Building Permits Will Turn This House into Art — Tonight
Photos: Havel Ruck Projects