Art in a desolate location

This used to be part of a little complex on the edge of the town where I work; there was a cotton gin, the gin office, and this building. The gin stopped ginning. The office turned into a place called Larry’s BBQ, which had live music at lunch every day and where if you ordered anything other than a burger, you’d’ve made a big mistake. Then a chain BBQ place came to town and Larry’s closed up. After a few years, someone driving a bulldozer pushed Larry’s place into a pile, and someone else with a front-end loader loaded Larry’s into a container and hauled it (him?) away. Last year, someone else (I guess) spent a very long time taking the cotton gin down, probably to salvage the metal building components.

And, so, all that’s left is this little building, with a mural. (Which sounds fancier than calling it graffiti, but I’m in a generous mood, so what the hell.)

Levelland, Texas
photographed 3.16.2017

Posted on March 27, 2017, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Nice how the power poles and lines frame the building, and they’re also echoed by the utility poles in the deep background.
    As for the art, is that not Mr Magoo? And the mouse on the right looks like Sylvester the Cat’s friend/nemesis. Don’t know about the ginger bread man(?) in the middle.
    You certainly do keep an eye on Levelland’s doings.
    Regarding the story-telling that you add on top of your flat landscape: I watched a bit of an interview with Pedro Almodovar. He’s from the city of La Mancha, in Spain, where he says the land is flat as a pancake. Natives therefore have no choice but to just add their fantasies and stories right on top of the landscape, as if they were placing narrative buildings atop a blank canvas.


    • I love the idea of adding stories on top of the flat landscape! I’ve heard musicians who grew up around here talk about how they came to write songs, and what they say is very similar to Almodovar’s statement.

      I have to confess to some cultural illiteracy as re. cartoon characters: my parents never, ever let us watch cartoon, and I’ve never caught back up! As a result I miss a lot of references (like this graffiti) that other people catch right away.

      I appreciate your taking the time to comment.


  2. I heard on the latest Lexicon Valley podcast that cartoon characters routinely cursed, in the ’20s and ’30s I think it was. I watched cartoons in the ’50s, when they had cleaned up their act, but my father finally got tired of hearing us mimic the characters and he banished cartoons from our lives. At least that’s what he said; really he just hated tv. So, like with comic books and pinball machines, I had to partake of cartoons on the sly.


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