Calling those in need of artistic inspiration or adorable new Instagram photo-ops, we have some exciting news: the walls of Houston have recently received a tasteful transformation.
During the Big Walls Big Dreams Mural Festival, which left Houstonians buzzing in May, local and visiting artists came together to create over 20 large scale murals for the community as part of a new project from local design house UP Art Studio. If you missed out on the fun last month, don't worry—you can still see some of the works of art that are bringing an exhilarating new touch to the city.
“We have a ton of mini murals here in Houston, but in terms of large-scale murals, though we have a nice collection, we didn’t have an enormous presence,” says UP Art Studio co-founder Elia Quiles. “A festival like this really helps put the art out there, beautify neighborhoods, and bring joy to people’s lives.”
Though the Big Walls Big Dreams Festival previously took place during Miami’s Art Basel, this was its first year in Houston. It’s also the first time the Bayou City has ever seen a mass installation of such sizable street art, adds Quiles. And each of the murals, which crisscross the loop from Aldine to EaDo and Sixth Ward to East End, fit this year’s theme of “Refresh Houston.”
“We took the theme in two different ways,” she says. “One was to give old buildings and other structures new life and, on the flip side, coming out of the pandemic, we’re looking to be refreshed and have a more refreshing outlook.”
We’ve highlighted a few of the awesome pieces you need to check out. Houstonians wanting to embark on this tour of stunning street art can use this self-guided mural map to get their art on anytime. We’re sure you’ll love the city’s makeover as much as we do.