That's architect and sculptor Robert Bruno's steel house/sculpture in Lubbock, Texas. Bruno spent 23 years building this strange home that looks like a giant pig out of 110 tons of steel!
Links (lots of pics): Robert's official website [Flash] | Article at Dallas Art Revue, Sociothought, video at Ursi's Blog
yeah, and architects and artists know the material properties of what they are working with far better than any of you, so you could worry a bit less for them and worry more about how much time you waste bitching about other people's productive lives
Artist - German for "I wish I could find a way to use my talent to make as much money as an architect."
Architecture takes more than just "fake" art skills, as there is a lot of physics, math and engineering involved.
Erto, yes, Lubbock is conservative, but I've run into very few bigots, and my wife is from China. People are real here.
As for the house, I've always been facinated with it, ever since I saw it about 15 years ago. It isn't a place I'd call home, but it is definitely an interesting combination of architecture and art.