The Mini Murals project in Houston has become an enjoyment to all passerby’s. The project takes electrical boxes and commissions local artists to use them as a blank canvas. Oak Forest has had the pleasure of a mini mural of Willie Nelson and the Heights, Ann Richards. But there are many more in our area enhancing the urban scenery.
On Heights Boulevard at Center Street the electrical box has been turned into a bright, head-turning display. At a young age graffiti invigorated Wiley Robertson’s interest in art due to the bold colors and pop art nature of it. When doing the mural, he knew he had to incorporate that style.
With this location being just down the street from the Art Car Museum, Robertson was also inspired by the art car culture and his dad, an artist involved with the museum.
“The art car in front of the skyline, the side that faces I-10, is actually my dad’s latest art car so I felt it very appropriate to use his work in this mural to pay honor to my dad’s work,” Robertson said.
This mural location meant a lot to Robertson to paint. Having lived in the neighborhood for years, he was honored to be chosen to create a piece inspired by the community he calls home.
“As an artist who puts his work in the public eye constantly it is a huge responsibility to not take [the project] for granted,” Robertson said.
“thousands if not millions of people will see this mural over the next decade and I take that very serious as I try to put forth the best possible art work that I can forward into the world.”
Another mini mural located at Beauchamp and Pecore features adorable cartoon animals, including a purple unicorn, eating ice cream. The artist, Tra’ Slaughter, created the piece in honor of Travis Elementary. He asked the children what they would like in the mural and the result is the cumulation of their ideas.
The mural at Washington and Yale by the same artist was sponsored by Primeway Federal Credit Union. He created the word “Houston” using a different font for each letter to represent the diversity of Houston and included Sam Houston on his horse as an emblem of history for the city.
“As an artist, I strive for inclusion of the viewer in my work. Specifically, with street art I work to create a piece that people can relate to in their own way,” Slaughter said.
He also mentions how his Oak Forest and Heights mini murals were his favorite to paint because of the countless friendly faces who stopped by while he was painting to say how much they loved it.
“I also drive by those murals quite often and it’s always sweet to hear my five-year old from the back seat, ‘Daddy, there’s one of your paintings’,” Slaughter said.
Slaughter is also the artist for the mini mural of Ann Richards at 6th Street and Yale.
Other mini murals in the area include Sergio Cornejo’s at 19th Street and Yale, which features brightly colored cassette tapes, and Shelbi-Nicole’s at Heights Boulevard and 14th Street, which is painted to resemble a bookcase.
Artist Roger Seward has painted three electrical boxes for our neighborhoods. One at 43rd and Oak Forest that looks like a forest, squirrels and all. The next is at 18th Street and Elle that pays homage to our bayou. And lastly, at Houston Avenue and White Oak that features a fire hydrant seemingly exploding.
The last two mini murals come from the artist known as W3r3on3, who painted Willie Nelson at Ella and 34th Street and the trees at 43rd and Rosslyn.