This morning, members of the Crab Devil art collective showed up to Tampa's recently-shuttered Fun-Lan Drive-In and Swap Shop to take on the daunting task of preserving its iconic front entrance sign.
They brought trucks full of tools and a flatbed trailer and began dismantling and inspecting the sign. Getting it to come apart and move safely is easier said than done.
Dave Kibby told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that he's never seen anything like the task at hand, and several other workers were trying to figure out how to best take apart and move the sign to Crab Devil's location at 3800 N Nebraska Ave. in Ybor Heights.
Corgnati told CL contributor Kelly Benjamin—who helped arrange the preservation of the sign—that Crab Devil should take it for free in order to avoid its destruction.
The combination of old parts with added electrical components present a challenge to the Crab Devil workers, but they're hoping to get the entire project done by today, if not, by tomorrow.
Once the sign makes it back to Crab Devil's compound, future plans may include propping the sign up high on a shipping container above Crab Devil's "Peninsularium" immersive art attraction so it can be seen from Nebraska Avenue, highlighting the project's goal of being, "Cooler than a museum, smarter than a theme park, weirder than a carnival."