COUNCIL MEMBER LARRY GREEN & UP ART STUDIO LAUNCH “MINI MURALS” IN CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT K
May 30, 2015
HOUSTON, TX (May 30, 2015) — UP Art Studio with partners and supporters — The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Department of Public Works and Engineering, Houston Arts Alliance, City Council Member Larry Green – District K, Brays Oaks and Five Corners Management Districts, and Fresh Arts — launch the pilot phase of the traffic signal control cabinet “Mini Murals” project in Houston.
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 14 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.
World-class muralist and street artist Anat Ronen will paint the first box of the project, located at Willowbend Boulevard and West Bellfort Street. This box will be unveiled on June 6, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
The pilot phase was made possible through the support of City Council Member Larry Green’s district service fund.
City of Houston Council Member Larry Green was the first to make a substantial commitment to the initiative with 31 boxes in his district, District K.
"I'm very excited that our council office is bringing civic art to District K. Moreover, I'm thrilled to work with UP Art Studio, which is the conduit for this Mini Murals project,” City Council Member Larry Green says. “Unfortunately, Council Districts outside the loop do not presently have as many artworks as those areas inside the Loop. This civic art project will expose these traffic signal control cabinets' Mini Murals as a legacy initiative toward fostering civic art not only within District K neighborhoods but to the entire city."
Artists participating in the pilot phase of the project include 2:12, Alex "Zu" Arzu, Ana Maria, Anat Ronen, Dual, Gabriel Prusmack, GONZO247, 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.
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