David Ireland at 500 Capp Street

Bay Area conceptual artist David Ireland is widely admired for installations and sculptures made with humble materials that he accumulated over time. His best known work of art is his house at 500 Capp Street, a ramshackle Victorian in San Francisco's Mission district that he spent more than 30 years transforming. The house and its furnishings showcase Ireland's unique use of materials and wonderfully rich sense of humor, following the basic principle that any object or activity can be art if it is experienced as such.This video is excerpted from a 2001 interview conducted by the Regional Oral History Office.