Most Laredoans think of the Bender Hotel as the creepy run-down ancient hotel downtown. Many photographers see their perfect setting for decay porn (or ruin porn or other names). Personally, I see beauty where others may not – I’m not sure if it is the artsy part of me or the fartsy :P.
If you drive by the Bender today, you see the beginnings of a huge renovation. The new owner was kind enough to let me roam around with my phone camera. Out of respect for his big challenge ahead and in honor of the Artist’s Reception for the South Texas Food Bank’s Empty Bowls art donors this Thursday, I won’t show you the building, I’ll show you some of the leftover artwork left in rooms, most are sitting on the beds:
I really like this print:
They make great window props:
Interesting, no?? I was going to contrast it with some of the artwork that the South Texas Food Bank has already collected for auction but I will post those in the near future. I hope the new owner saves a few of these although I know one that he won’t save. A very creative resident drew this one on the wall (yes, I covered it against my usual sense because this is still a mostly PG blog):
We won’t comment on the positioning or anything else we see on the walls. We’ll just appreciate it for the person’s talent. Let’s hope the new owner finishes the renovations and gives new life to a part of Laredo that needs it.