Street Art

Street art: 15 quintessential Houston murals that make the perfect Instagram backdrop


With its own graffiti museum and mural festival, it’s no secret that Houston has one of the most vibrant street art scenes in the world. From The Heights to East Downtown, our city's neighborhoods are dotted with dozens of colorful walls. Whether you’re looking for that perfect Instagram backdrop or a dose of culture, take a tour of these 15 murals.

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"Perfect Wave" mural

Surf’s up at 3100 Commerce Street. Brazilian artist Hilton Alves brought some Hawaiian-inspired waves to East Downtown during the HUE Mural Festival.

Biscuit Paint wall

Take a break from vintage shopping to take a picture in front of one of the city’s most popular walls on the side of home goods store Biscuit Home, 1435 Westheimer.

"Houston is Inspired"

Get inspired at one of downtown’s most colorful walls (313 Travis Street) and then explore the Main Street bars and eateries.

"The Abstract Happy Beach Wall"

Fun shapes and patterns fill this mural by Zosen and Mina. Stop by next time you’re at nearby Warehouse Live, 813 St Emanuel Street.

"Greetings from Houston"

A familiar site to Heights residents, this Houston mural on the side of gelato shop Gelazzi celebrates the best the city has to offer. It's located at 3602 White Oak.

"The Rail to the Sea"

This 5,000-square-foot mural in the heart of the Washington Arts District (1502 Sawyer Street) was dedicated to the city of Houston in 2016.

Hearts mural

Stop by the Houston Graffiti Building at 1503 Chartres Street to browse a few of the murals on this list, including this adorable wall adorned with hearts of all shapes and sizes.

Justice mural

Switch it up with this black and white mural at the Houston Graffiti Building, 1503 Chartres Street.

Houston wall

Steps away from the Justic Mural is a colorful Houston wall by artist FONZO247 that inspired a former city Shapchat filter.

 

Love wall

Stop by this former post office in the Heights (1050 Yale St.) for a lovely backdrop.

Geometric mural

The Geometric mural on the side of BJ Oldies Antiques in Montrose (1726 Westheimer) is just one of artist Daniel Anguilu’s murals. His whimsical geometric patterns are recognizable across town.

Hummingbird wall

This gorgeous piece is on the side of Frenetic Theater. 5102 Navigation Boulevard.

"Preservons la Creation"

Houston’s biggest mural at 2800 San Jacinto Street is attempting to beautify Midtown. At least that was the intention when the Midtown District partnered with French artist Sebastien  “Mr. D” Boileau to create this 11,000-square-foot beast.

 

Gorilla for Houston Zoo

This gorilla mural at 2201 Washington Avenue is one of five commissioned by the Houston Zoo in anticipation of the opening of its gorilla habitat back in 2015.

Zipper wall

The colorful zipper wall at 1513 St. Emanuel Street is just one of many murals to explore in this pocket of East Downtown.

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