Houston is about to get more colorful. On July 26, Houston City Council members agreed to an agenda item for two years of citywide art projects provided by Up Art Studio.

The overview

This project entails 100 miniature murals that are to be painted on traffic signal control cabinets throughout the city of Houston.

The backstory

According to city information, Houston's first traffic signal control cabinet mural was installed at Spring Street and Sawyer Street on April 15, 2015, and was sponsored by the Washington Avenue Arts District. Beginning in May 2015, several traffic signal control cabinet art projects were created throughout District K—located in southwest Houston to the south of the cities of Bellaire and West University Place—in a pilot project sponsored by then-Council Member Larry Green. Prior to the July 26 authorization, the program had resulted in more than 360 new murals in the Greater Houston area.

The cost

The effort will cost a maximum of $395,000 over the course of two years. The first $197,500 will be paid from the city's general government fund in fiscal year 2023-24.

Quote of note

“Up Art has really helped democratize art, to get it to so many parts of our city ... where there was nothing like that,” District H Council Member Karla Cisneros said.

What's next

The Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs will be reviewing recommendations for potential locations of the miniature murals.