It was over a breezy March weekend in New Orleans that I got my first true introduction to mural art (outside of that "gaze in awe as you walk past and try not to trip because you're captivated and paying no attention" sort of thing) while attending the epic BUKU Music + Art Project.
Situated between the multiple stages was a three story scaffolding dubbed the Live Gallery. There, around 20 artists worked for the duration of the festival creating individual and distinctive pieces to be raffled off and the proceeds of which donated to charity. I was mesmerized. I got stuck, feet cemented in place, watching their creative process - each so different from the other - time and time again (often risking missing the set I was on the way to prior to getting transfixed).
So when I heard about the Houston Urban Experience (HUE) Mural Festival this past October, I grabbed my camera gear and got my butt downtown. Traversing Houston, searching in broad daylight and back alleys for those lucky walls getting graced with the most incredible art felt like a scavenger hunt. But more awesome because the prize is the raddest feast for the eyes for all who pass by for years to come. I can't think of a better way to rejuvenate the city than by celebrating the talent of 90 artists from across the globe all while exposing so many to an often under appreciated art form.
I'm bummed to admit I was a little late to the game. HUE Mural Festival spans about a week, and I only became aware of it on the second to last day. And following in true Houston fashion, it rained all morning. When the clouds broke enough to turn the city into a glorified steam room, most artists where either already done with their projects or smart enough to stay somewhere with ample air conditioning. However, I caught a few brave souls willing to sweat it out. And man do I thank them for that. I would go into detail about how dope the murals turned out, but it won't do them justice. You'll just have to get out there and take them in in all their grandeur. If you need any more convincing of the awesomeness, here's a few of the photos I took. Enjoy!