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San Marcos, Texas: City of Murals and Street Art

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As a resident of San Marcos, Texas and someone who has a deep appreciation for art, I am a huge fan of city murals and graffiti art. As you can see from the pictures below, life in San Marcos revolves around the San Marcos River. It is by far the city's most valuable resource in terms of history, tourism and ecological sustainability. It is a great tool as well for the students at Texas State University who are studying Geography, Biology, Nature and Heritage Tourism, and other fields of study. So much of San Marcos's identity is derived from the River.

A mural welcoming visitors to San Marcos, Texas.

A mural welcoming visitors to San Marcos, Texas.

Frame 1 - A captivating mural depicting the Native American presence in the time before the founding of the City of San Marcos at the Sacred Springs, which is the head waters for the San Marcos River.

Frame 1 - A captivating mural depicting the Native American presence in the time before the founding of the City of San Marcos at the Sacred Springs, which is the head waters for the San Marcos River.

Frame 2 -  This piece along with the mural above, has a layed meaning associated with the city of San Marcos

Frame 2 - This piece along with the mural above, has a layed meaning associated with the city of San Marcos

The bobcat, while being a native wild cat species, is also the Texas State University mascot affectionately named "Boko the Bobcat"  I believe it eyes are rainbow colored to symbolize the strong support of the LGBT Pride community here in San Marcos.

The bobcat, while being a native wild cat species, is also the Texas State University mascot affectionately named "Boko the Bobcat" I believe it eyes are rainbow colored to symbolize the strong support of the LGBT Pride community here in San Marcos.

The rattle snake, like the bobcat, represents athletic mascot for the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District athletics programs which are the Rattlers.  Purple white are the school colors.

The rattle snake, like the bobcat, represents athletic mascot for the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District athletics programs which are the Rattlers. Purple white are the school colors.

Frame 3 - Dedicates this mural to the children along with the playscape located behind the photographer.

Frame 3 - Dedicates this mural to the children along with the playscape located behind the photographer.

Frame 4 - Further depicts the river theme of the mural.

Frame 4 - Further depicts the river theme of the mural.

Celebrates the river tubing culture of San Marcos.

Celebrates the river tubing culture of San Marcos.

Dolphins?  There are no dolphins in the San Marcos River.

Dolphins? There are no dolphins in the San Marcos River.

This mural depicts wildlife and swimmers in a river setting.

This mural depicts wildlife and swimmers in a river setting.

This mural highlights the wildlife surrounding the San Marcos River

This mural highlights the wildlife surrounding the San Marcos River

This mural further highlights the wildlife surrounding the San Marcos River.

This mural further highlights the wildlife surrounding the San Marcos River.

This mural celebrates the life of San Marcos native Eddie Durham, jazz musician and electric guitar pioneer.

This mural celebrates the life of San Marcos native Eddie Durham, jazz musician and electric guitar pioneer.

San Marcos and Patriotism

San Marcos is proud of the selfless men and women who have chosen service in the United Stated military to defend our borders and way of life. This mural located on San Antonio Street just off of the Square honors their service and sacrifice. As a veteran who served in the United States Army, seeing my city build these murals, statues, and memorials makes me proud to be a San Martian!

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Patriotic Memorial Mural, Frame 1

Patriotic Memorial Mural, Frame 1

Patriotic Memorial Mural, Frame 2

Patriotic Memorial Mural, Frame 2

Patriotic Memorial Mural, Frame 3

Patriotic Memorial Mural, Frame 3

Patriotic Memorial Mural, Frame 4

Patriotic Memorial Mural, Frame 4

Patriotic Memorial Mural, Frame 5

Patriotic Memorial Mural, Frame 5

Patriotic Memorial Mural, Frame 6

Patriotic Memorial Mural, Frame 6

San Marcos Pop Culture Art

If there is one more thing that San Martians are proud of, it is that sense of the eclecticism, weirdness, and uniqueness that sets them apart from anything else. These murals below pay homage to several well-known pop culture subjects.

Artist Munster's and the Addams Family!

Artist Munster's and the Addams Family!

Marvin the Martian visits San Marcos!

Marvin the Martian visits San Marcos!

Conduit for Graffiti Art

Graffiti art has come a long way from the public nuisance it started out as. It has become a well respected artistic style. A lot of cities, like San Marcos, have embraced it and have proudly incorporated it into the city's landscape.

Graffiti art style wall mural.

Graffiti art style wall mural.

The Mini Murals

It's a game, really...see how many mini-murals you can find throughout the town!

A mini mural by the San Marcos River

A mini mural by the San Marcos River

Mini mural of a porcine cupid in the Kissing Alley.

Mini mural of a porcine cupid in the Kissing Alley.

Artistic Personality for the City

San Marcos has truly embraced the artistic scene in San Marcos from the once a month weekend Art Squared market to San Martian Culture nights at Zelick's Bar on West Hopkins Street. It's not just visual art, either. San Marcos is a place for musical art, performance art, ballet, and so much more! Come see!

Comments

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on December 11, 2018:

What beautiful works of art! I usually dislike graffiti but that's because it's often horrible, but these are really gorgeous. I like the one with the children on it and Eddie Durham's mural.

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