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32 Unique and Colorful Murals in the Houston Heights: See Photos and Videos

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Collage showing some of the murals in the Houston Heights

Collage showing some of the murals in the Houston Heights

Murals in the Houston Heights

The Houston Heights is a historic community near downtown Houston. An eclectic mixture of people lives there. Along with grand old Victorian houses are unique businesses, charming park spaces, and many painted murals adding to the neighborhood's color and vibe. I will show you 32 of them in this article.

1. Greetings From Houston by Daniel Anguilu

Local graffiti artist Daniel Anguilu has incorporated all kinds of iconic imagery in this mural. From an oil derrick to a rocket ship…that and more is on view. I particularly like the friendly-looking saguaro cactus plant waving a Texas flag. Saguaros do not grow in Texas, but artists get to use their imaginations and have leeway where art is concerned.

Location of this mural: 3601 White Oak Drive, Houston, Texas 77007.

I AM LOVE Mural by Ruben Rojas in the Houston Heights

I AM LOVE Mural by Ruben Rojas in the Houston Heights

2. It's All About Love

Ruben Rojas truly believes in spreading the ideas of love, gratitude, respect, forgiveness, empowerment, and more. His giant-sized murals grace city walls in many places across the U.S.A. as well as outside our beautiful country.

All one needs to do is go to his website. That is where you will see his murals’ titles to see the words he expresses in colorful paint on buildings. They include some of the following:

  • Always Believe Something Wonderful is About to Happen
  • You Are Beautiful!
  • Begin With Gratitude
  • You Belong Here
  • Just Do Good
  • Be Humble
  • Leave Nothing But Footprints

Beautify Earth

Ruben Rojas, along with Evan Meyer, started the nonprofit organization called Beautifyearth.org. One of the goals of this organization and movement is the following: “Putting an end to neglected walls by empowering artists, encouraging social responsibility and instilling community pride.”

Forgiveness

Everyone needs encouragement at times, and positivity can be contagious and have a ripple effect. Ruben Rojas has spread his gift of healing to those incarcerated in a California state prison setting. Click on the video below to learn more.

3. Who is Beans Barton?

J. Harding & Co. is a promotional product manufacturer and distributor and has been in existence since 1978 at 424 W 19th Street, Houston, Texas 77008. Describing Beans Barton, who did this artful wall, can probably be better done by showing his and his Bi-Peds band some videos.

Local Houston resident and artist Dale “Beans” Barton was born in Ohio but has lived here ever since the age of eight. Poetry interested him, and he studied at the University of Houston. He was also obviously interested in art and music and enjoyed a wacky sense of showmanship and humor.

He and his Bi-Peds Band have developed a genuine cult following of people who appreciate comedy while listening to rock and roll theater. Theater takes place with crazy costumes and antics on stage where audience participation is welcome. It is an integral part of the act and fun for those who expect the unexpected.

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Beans Barton has also created some art cars which are on view in the following video along with others of his functional creations.

Ever since 1992, at every performance of the Bi-Ped band, Beans Barton creates a painting in front of the entire audience while some of the other performers are playing. These pieces of art are auctioned off, bringing in whatever the highest bidder is willing to pay. All of the proceeds benefit the Houston Food Bank.

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4. You Are My Sunshine

The location of this mural is 249 W. 19th Street, Suite C, Houston, Texas 77008. It embellishes an exterior wall of a stylish kid's and mom's resale shop by the name of Thread's in the heart of the Houston Heights.

I Love You Wall

I Love You Wall

5. I Love You Wall by Shelby Nicole

350 West 19th Street, Houston, Texas 77008 is the location of another mural that is love-themed. The Houston artist, Shelbi Nicole, painted the words of love using languages in French, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, as well as English.

On December 31st of 2016, after the painting was complete, this site on the east side parking lot of Harold's Restaurant, Tap Room and Terrace became the wedding proposal spot for a young couple. Josh Atkinson's fiance loved seeing all of the many murals in Houston. He decided to have one painted for her. I wonder how many other proposals have taken place in front of this same wall?