Spy almost 150 colorful Mini Murals at street intersections across Houston

Selfie by 2:12 at Stella Link Road and Latma Drive in Braeswood Place | Photo courtesy of Up Art Studio

Drive through city neighborhoods to check out almost 150 traffic control cabinets turned urban art project with Mini Murals all over Houston.

Presented by Up Art Studio, the Mini Murals project has been reimagining Houston’s nondescript electrical boxes as blank canvases, inviting local artists to make their own colorful marks on Houston’s urban landscape.

Hometown tourists and visitors can expect to spot the likes of a spaceship blasting into liftoff at Telephone and Westover on the Southside, a smiling sun and moon at West Airport Boulevard and South Gessner, Frida Kahlo’s powerful gaze at Irvington and Cavalcade on the Northside, or the notable graffiti of Gonzo0247 at Spring and Sawyer Street near the Heights. 

With more than 2,400 traffic control boxes in Houston, the project is brimming with creative opportunity to add vibrancy across the city.

Plumeria Flowers with Trees by w3r3on3 at Collingsworth Boulevard and Irvington Street | Photo: Morris Malakoff Photography

The Idea Behind Mini Murals

Noticing that other cities across the country had experimented with similar concepts, Noah and Elia Quiles, owners of Up Art Studio, thought, “Why not Houston?”

With help from Houston Arts Alliance, Fresh Arts, and the City of Houston, the project was greenlit in 2015 and kicked off with 31 traffic signal control cabinets.

By January 24, 2017, the total number of Mini Murals had already exceeded 149 and continues to grow.

Speakers by Lee Washington at the corner of Webster and Bagby streets in Midtown | Photo courtesy of Up Art Studio

Community-Based Locations

With more public art outside the loop than ever before, the project has further established civic identity to Greater Houston through the beautification of neighborhoods. It doesn’t hurt having something colorful to think about while waiting for the stoplight to turn green too.

Don’t be afraid to take photos and show off your neighborhood pride. Explorers are encouraged to take photos and use the hashtag #MiniMuralsHou on social media.

Remember, Mini Murals are typically located at busy intersections so be careful while seeking that perfect snapshot. Click here to locate each Mini Mural on an interactive map.

Light Switch by Sergio Cornejo at Beechut Street and South Dairy Ashford Road in Alief | Photo courtesy of Up Art Studio

Mini Murals Around Houston

  • Locations: Locations vary around Greater Houston. Click here to use Mini Murals’ interactive map.
  • Hours: Dawn to dusk or as applicable to surrounding areas
  • Parking: Street parking is available in most surrounding areas, but practice sound judgment and caution. Given area traffic, some Mini Murals are more accessible than others. Parents should be mindful of their children if planning to visit Mini Murals on foot or for photos.
Airplane Window by Pilot FX and Anat Ronen at Monroe Boulevard and Almeda Genoa Road near Hobby Airport | Photo courtesy of Up Art Studio
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Catherine Gonzalez is an arts absorber, administrator, and blogger originally from Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Art History and runs the Bonphilosophia arts blog, where she interviews and documents up and coming artists. In her current role at Houston Arts Alliance she supports online communications as well as all of HAA’s outreach opportunities and volunteer network.