Sculptor Dan Havel sends in photos of the construction he and fellow demo artist Dean Ruck have been working on for months in a new pocket park at 3705 Lyons Ave. More than a month before its debut as the backdrop for a community concert (yes, that’s a stage poking out from the front), Havel says their project is “substantially complete,” though there are still a few more details to fill in, including stairs for the stage and some landscaping. Working from a ready-to-be-knocked-down house from a couple miles northeast at 3012 Erastus St., Havel and Ruck added, ahem, a whole lot of support to the interior, as these photos taken earlier in the summer show:
Those are new 2x4s taking the place of the interior walls. On the outside, there’s repurposed siding, shiplap, flooring, door jams, door and window trim, and “any piece of 1x we could get our hands on,” reports Havel. Some of it came from the house itself, but most of it came from other teardowns in the Fifth Ward — and the city’s ReUse Warehouse.
More recent pics of the almost-finished structure:
Havel and Ruck — still best known in Houston for the temporary funnel structure they created from 2 former Art League of Houston bungalows on Montrose a few years back, still enshrined on the window of the Inversion Coffee House — call this project “5th Ward Jam,” after the history of zydecko, blues, R&B, soul, and hiphop jam sessions in the Fifth Ward . . . and their own improvisational techniques on the Sawzall. Their work was funded by a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance and support from the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation. The opening concert — organized by the Alliance’s Folklife and Traditional Arts Program and focusing on Fifth Ward history — is scheduled for October 1.
- Previously on Swamplot: Fifth Ward Journey: Since When Did This House Become Art?, Houston Building Permits Will Turn This House into Art — Tonight
Photos: Havel Ruck Projects