Greenspoint’s Public Art Portfolio Expands in Unexpected Places

The Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GGRA) recently teamed up with UP Art Studio on an innovative venture to bring new public art pieces to the community. 

The new project transforms traffic signal control cabinets into murals, which UP Art Studio refers to as Mini Murals. The Greenspoint Mini Murals are the latest additions to the public art projects brought to the area.

“The boxes are intended to help instill civic pride while beautifying neighborhoods and enhancing the urban landscape of Houston,” Elia Quiles, Mini Murals project manager at UP Art Studio, said.

Sally Bradford, executive director of GGRA, thinks the two entities make a great team. “UP Art Studio has done many projects throughout the City of Houston, and we had previously discussed a project to soften the look of the electrical boxes with art,” Bradford said. “They had existing relationships with city officials and local artists. When they approached us, the project seemed like a perfect fit.”

UP Art Studio worked with the GGRA to select the final artwork from renderings submitted by 29 artists. Local artists selected for the Greenspoint project include: FX Crew, Roger Seward, Jessica Guerra, Bret Nix, Anat Ronen and Janavi Folmsbee.

“Public art projects, like Mini Murals, enhance visual appeal and help establish the character and identity of an area,” said Bart Baker, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Greenspoint District. Baker oversees the District’s Operations, Planning and Infrastructure department, which also works on beautification projects in Greenspoint. “The GGRA has a history of bringing unique public art to Greenspoint and engaging local artists in projects. We appreciate the organization’s work in distinguishing our community with unique projects,” Baker added.

Each mural, which has been installed at intersections throughout the Greenspoint area, has a different theme.

“Along Greenspoint Drive we wanted the murals to have a calming effect, so the images are things like butterflies and flowers. The mural close to North Houston Skate Park has a graffiti-like appearance with abstract shapes,” Bradford said.

Current Greenspoint Mini Mural locations include:

  • Greens Road at Imperial Valley Drive
  • 11200 Airline Drive
  • Greens Road at Wayforest Drive
  • Airline Drive at Buckboard Drive
  • Kuykendahl Road at Rankin Road
  • Greens Road at Northchase Drive
  • Airline Drive at Hardwicke Road
  • Airline Drive at Dyna Drive
  • Benmar Drive at Greenspoint Drive

An additional mural is planned for the intersection of Airline Drive and Goodson Drive.

Katherine Whaley, morning traffic anchor on ABC 13, heard about the mural on Benmar at Greenspoint Drive and filmed a segment on the project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bradford told Whaley she is excited about the new art in Greenspoint and is looking to add more murals in the near future. 

For more information about the project and a map of mural locations, click here.

Google, Houston Parks Board Invite You to Tour Greenspoint Parks

Google recently launched a new way to explore the city’s parks and trails through a partnership with the Houston Parks Board.

Greens Bayou, along with Greenspoint’s City View and Thomas R. Wussow Parks, can now be visited virtually using the street view on Google Maps.

Google designed its Trekker equipment to map locations that are only accessible by foot. The system uses a 40-pound backpack, fitted with GPS gear and cameras, to record 360-degree images. In all, the Houston Parks Board staff hiked approximately 150 miles to collect images from Houston trails and parklands.

“The Greenspoint District is home to seven parks, totaling more than 36 acres. Each park has its own personality and unique features. This initiative helps us showcase different aspects of the parks in the Greenspoint area to a broader audience,” said Bart Baker, the District’s chief operating officer and executive vice president. Baker added that the new feature highlights projects along Greens Bayou being spearheaded by the District’s partner, Greens Bayou Coalition.

With this new technology, Houston parks and trails join the Amazon Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as off-street destinations featured on Google Street View.

To visit City View Park on Google click here, and to explore Thomas R. Wussow Park click here.

Two Weeks Left to Register for April Flood Disaster Aid

Texans who suffered damage or loss from the April storms and flooding must register with FEMA for disaster assistance by June 24. 

Texans can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

For more information on the Texas recovery, visit the disaster webpage for the April storms; or visit the Texas Department of Emergency Management website. Follow FEMA on Twitter at @femaregion6.

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