You’ve seen them at intersections — the large, metal traffic light control cabinets — they’re not very pretty to look at. Which is why they’re being painted by some of the city’s best muralists. It’s a project initiated by Houston’s UP Art Studio, who presented the idea to the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.
The studio’s Noah Quiles says it was immediately met with enthusiasm.
“My wife and I and our advisory board said, ‘Support us and let’s do this.’ And that’s exactly what they did,” Quiles says. “In a matter of five months, it went from inception to where we are now. Which is, you know, the beginning of our pilot phase.”
Houston artist Anat Ronen finished the first mini mural on Thursday at the intersection of W. Bellfort and Willowbend. She says the neighborhood’s reaction has been positive.
“People stopped, like in the middle of the street or in a driveway, and thanked me for doing what I do because they needed something nicer,” Ronen says. “Especially after the floodings, and all of that bad stuff that was happening to Houston lately.”
Fifteen local artists have been commissioned to paint 31 traffic light boxes around the city.
Quiles says they’ve already been approached by other cities interested in the project, like Bellaire and Sugar Land.
The lush rendering of Ronen’s vines and morning glories has its official unveiling Saturday morning at 9:30 at Westbury United Methodist Church, 5200 Willowbend Blvd.