Houston has its fair share of street art. Trust us, we should know.
So, in recognition of the summer season and to prevent you from fading into Instagram’s algorithmic obscurity, we've curated a few of the city’s most photogenic murals. Go ahead, strike a pose; if these 11 aren’t enough, Houston has plenty more.
WHAT: “The Rebirth of Our Nationality”
WHERE: 5900 Canal St.
Head over to the East End, and admire “The Rebirth of Our Nationality,” which was recently restored by local aerosol artist Mario Enrique Figueroa, Jr., a.k.a. Gonzo247. Inspired by Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros’s “March of Humanity,” Chicano artist Leo Tanguma originally created the mural in 1973 to depict the struggles of everyday Mexican Americans and supervised Gonzo247’s restoration.
WHAT: “Houston is Inspired”
WHERE: Preston Street & Travis Street
Gonzo247 is a giant in the Houston street art community, just like his colossal “Houston is Inspired.” Painted in 2013, his colorful and psychedelic mural is an infallible backdrop for your boho-chic fashion shoot. Once you’re done, head across the street to Market Square Park and rest on one of Malou Flato’s mosaic benches with a gyro from Niko Niko’s. And if you're not feeling the heat, be advised there is a duplicate located outside the Westin Galleria.
WHAT: “The Altuve that could”
WHERE: FM Kitchen and Bar
Relive the glory of last year’s Astros World Series win over an H-Town burger and FM Margarita at FM Kitchen and Bar. The restaurant unveiled local artist Donkeeboy’s (a.k.a. Alex Roman Jr.) mural on April 18 in honor of Opening Day of the Astros’ 2018 season. “The Altuve that could” depicts 5-feet-6-inch second baseman José “Gigante” Altuve as “The Little Engine that Could,” leading his team to victory.
WHAT: “Preservons La Creation”
WHERE: 2800 San Jacinto St.
French artist Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau’s 9,750-square-foot god of murals was worthy of holding the title of Houston’s largest mural when he painted it in May 2014. As big as Texas, this interpretation of Michelangelo's Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel stretches an entire city block and never fails to impress. Want to see more of Mr. D’s work around town? Check out the Montrose (née Biscuit) Paint Wall, his Dali portrait at Kingspoint Mullet, and his portrait of Marilyn Monroe on the front of Montrose Proper Gallery.
WHAT: “Growing a Brighter Tomorrow in Gulfton”
WHERE: 6150 Bissonnet St.
After two long years, the Salvation Army in the Gulfton neighborhood has been transformed. Up Art Studio and the Mayor’s Citizen’s Assistance Office partnered together to cover tags and graffiti with three murals that would bring a message of hope and opportunity to the community. Chicago-based artist Rahmaan Statik worked with students from Braeburn Elementary to create the design of the largest mural, which features the images of neighborhood icons such as activist Tammy Rodriguez, retired police officer Randy Bond, and local pastor Alejandro Montes. The two other murals were painted by Houston-based artist Gelson Lemus, a.k.a. w3r3on3, and Ontario-based artist Daniel Bombardier, a.k.a. Denial.
WHAT: “Rail to the Sea”
WHERE: 1502 Sawyer St.
Mumbai-born artist Janavi Folmsbee’s 4,000-square-foot mural feels like an homage to serene whimsy and hours spent watercoloring as a kid. Located in Sawyer Yards, a hub of Houston’s artist community, the mural is sure to spark your fancy. Explore the area on the second Saturday of the month when The Silos at Sawyer Yards, and Winter, Spring, Sabine, Summer and Silver Street Studios all open their doors to the public. Between studio visits, wander through Art Alley where artisans sell crafts and art pieces at The Market at Sawyer Yards.
WHAT: “Synchronicity of Color”
WHERE: 1500 McKinney St.
We all know and love Discovery Green, that vibrant, 12-acre outdoor hub right downtown. Spend an afternoon kayaking (only $5) on Kinder Lake and playing putt-putt on the Hagstette Family Putting Green. Before you leave make sure you commemorate the day with a pic at the photogenic “Synchronicity of Color” art boxes. Created by UT professor Margo Sawyer, these boxes are mesmerizing with their chromatic and modular pattern.
WHAT: “Hey Y’all,” “Smile y’all are in Houston,” “Dream Big,” “Houston Love,” “Made in Texas,” and “Downtown”
WHERE: 1200 McKinney St.
Smile—downtown Houston is brighter than ever. SoCal-based Pandr Design Co. recently completed seven new murals, six at the Shops at Houston Center and one at the underground Court at Allen Center. These vibrant and boldly colored murals touting phrases such as “Made in Texas” and “Houston Love” are perfect for tourists wanting to tout their weekend in the Bayou City. The distance between the two different mural locations is a little over a half-mile, so take a day and explore all downtown has to offer.
WHAT: Emerson Rose Mural
WHERE: 1637 Westheimer Rd.
This monochromatic Montrose wonder—recently updated with the angelic visage of singer Florence Welch—is perfect for that #influencer Insta pic. So throw on your dusty rose leggings and strike a yogic pose. Or, get a “candid” shot laughing wearing your bright sundress and floppy hat in front of the wall.
WHAT: “Polka Dot Wall”
WHERE: 6521 N Main St.
Want more #influencer locations for your blog? Pose in front of the Polka Dot Wall, painted by artist Shelbi Nicole, outside Haute Dimensions Boutique in the Heights. The simple elegance of the dots is reminiscent of Kate Spade (RIP), and the clean and colorful background won’t outshine you.
WHAT: “Abstract Happy Beach Wall”
WHERE: 800 Chartres St.
Barcelona-based husband and wife duo Zosen and Mina Hamada have painted bright geometric street art all over the world, including this Houston icon for the 2015 Hue Mural Fest, which Gonzo247 helped establish. The mural is huge so get a variety of shots and pick your favorite to ‘gram. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area, so once you get that perfect shot, grab something to eat at Huynh Restaurant or Grotto Downtown.