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If you have even the slightest affinity for street art, you should make the time to tour Houston's vibrant collection of murals. These murals can be found splashed on the walls of boutiques, restaurants, parking lots, yoga studios and more all over the city.
What makes these public pieces of art so unique is their diversity. Murals vary from delightfully simple to extraordinarily intricate and from vibrantly colorful to strictly monochromatic, conveying messaging that ranges from specifically political to universal. The murals been painted by a variety of different artists, both local and international. Some have been commissioned while others are a result of the yearly HUE Mural Festival.
The best place to start your tour is in downtown Houston, where you'll find a sizeable chunk of the city's murals. Begin at the Houston Graffiti Wall, located at the intersection of Chartres Street and Bell Street. Here, you'll be greeted by multiple eye-catching murals, including an homage to Houston that ended up becoming the city's official geotag on Snapchat. Visitors can also view the thought-provoking Justice mural, which was created by Icy and Sot, two internationally recognized street artists that often use social and political issues as the inspiration behind their work.
From there, explore St. Emanuel Street and Leeland Street and you'll stumble upon more gems, including the "Abstract Happy Beach Wall" which is as colorful and charming as it sounds. You'll also find other murals in the neighboring Montrose and Midtown neighborhoods. Montrose is home to the popular Biscuit Paint Wall, which features multiple colors of paint seemingly pouring down from the top of the building. Meanwhile, Midtown is home to one of Houston's largest murals, Preservons La Creation, which measures 9,750 square feet and features a god amid a colorful background – with inspiration from the Sistine Chapel.
All of the murals around Houston are free to visit and there are no set hours to view them. Visitors who ventured to the Houston Graffiti Wall said that the art is breathtaking, but some felt the surrounding areas were a bit seedy so you should stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Travelers also note that the area gets crowded, with both professional and novice smartphone photographers, so you might want to go during a weekday or early in the morning. For additional background and information on the city's street art, visit the Houston tourism board website.
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