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Tribute to the perfect fruit

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Call it eccentric, call it odd, but Houston's Orange Show has also been called one of the premiere folk art exhibits in the country.

Nestled in a quiet neighborhood in the Third Ward, the Orange Show is a 3,000 square foot home/exhibit that is one man's tribute to what he called the perfect fruit: the orange.

Jeff McKissack was a Houston postal carrier who dedicated much of his adult life to building the Orange Show between 1956 and 1980, when he died.

Ruben Guevera, the preservation manager for the Orange Show, said McKissack was searching for something to give meaning to his life and building his tribute to the orange was what he settled on.

"Jeff was from Georgia and during the Great Depression, he would travel to Florida and buy a truckload of oranges for $50 and then sell them," Guevera said.  "He did more than 500 hours of research on the orange and came to the conclusion it was the perfect fruit.  The orange provided for him both financially and physically."

Guevera said during the mid-1950s, a lot of buildings in Downtown Houston were being torn down and replaced.  McKissack, whose postal route was downtown, would gather up material from the torn-down buildings and use it to build the Orange Show house.

Walking through the exhibit reveals mosaics, artwork, full-sized models and poetry all dedicated to the orange.  The exhibit draws people from all over the world.

The Orange Show is located at 2402 Munger Street.  It is only open from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is $1.

ONLINE:

www.orangeshow.org

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