The primary project goal is to bring art to unexpected places, where there would otherwise be blight.
The project reimagines traffic signal control cabinets (also referred to as electrical or utility boxes) as blank canvases brimming with creative opportunity, inviting artistic expression for all to enjoy. Once painted by local artists, the cabinets, which are located at every intersection with a traffic signal, are intended to help instill civic pride while beautifying neighborhoods and enhancing the urban landscape of Houston.
The “Mini Murals” pilot phase will kick-off with 13 urban artists commissioned by UP Art Studio to turn 31 traffic signal control cabinets in Houston City Council District K into colorful works of art.
The pilot phase was made possible through the support of City Council Member Larry Green’s district service fund.
Artists participating in the pilot phase of the project include 2:12, Alex “Zu” Arzu, Ana Maria, Anat Ronen, Dual, Gabriel Prusmack, Jessica Guerra, Lee Washington, Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau, Pilot FX, Shelbi-Nicole, w3r3on3 and Wiley.
With the pilot phase, UP Art Studio and its partners aim to raise awareness of the project in order to expand to other areas across Houston, especially areas that are art deficient.
Mini-Murals is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions for the purpose of Mini-Murals must be made payable to Fresh Arts and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
For information about the project, visit http://januaryadvisors.com/houston-mural-arts-from-idea-to-execution/
About the Team
Mini Murals is directed by Elia & Noah Quiles of UP Art Studio.
This project has the support of:
– City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
– City of Houston Department of Public Works & Engineering
– Houston Arts Alliance
– City Council Member Larry Green, District K
– Brays Oaks and Five Corners Management Districts
Mini Murals is a sponsored project of Fresh Arts, a nonprofit arts service
organization. (Donations to the project are tax-deductible)
About UP Art Studio
UP Art Studio is a Houston-based organization that facilitates art projects for urban and contemporary artists and communities, locally and globally. UP Art Studio specializes in mural and art commissions, gallery art shows, event planning, and artist collaborations. UP Art Studio is currently working on several public art initiatives in Houston, including MaPA, a Mural and Public Arts program to bring more public art to the city of Houston and beyond.