Art Valet: Murals to see & Birdhouses to buy

The Leader, April 20, 2017                                                           

. . . The residents of the Northline neighborhoods got a long awaited mural on the back of the Walmart at Fulton and Crosstimbers.

The football length mural is on the fence behind the store and was painted by Houston artist Alex Arzu, who operates Zu Art Collective. The mural came about by a collaboration between Avenue Community Development Corporation, a Houston non-profit organization dedicated to building affordable homes and strengthening communities, and Vecino Health Centers, a community-based non-profit and Federally Qualified Health Center that provides high-quality, community-centric primary care to its working families.

After learning of the neighborhoods desire to beautify the area, Vecino saw a connection with their #LetHealthShine campaign, which illustrates the connection between people in the community, their personal health and the vitality of our city, and partnered with Avenue, who obtained funding for the creation of a public art piece.

According to Mary Lawler, executive director of Avenue, the mural’s location is a welcome improvement to its site, a long wall on the exterior of a Walmart. That wall had become a prominent eyesore in the community as the result of continuous vandalism and tagging.

“The Near Northside and Northline neighborhoods have long been known for their vibrant history and culture, but in engaging with residents, we discovered that the neighborhood considered this long wall to be divisive and not representative of the community’s spirit,” said Lawler. “We are thrilled to partner with Vecino and Alex Arzu on this initiative that will beautify the neighborhood and hopefully serve as a catalyst for continued revitalization efforts throughout the Northline.”

The mural is visible on Fulton behind the Walmart at Northline Commons, 4412 North Fwy. Houston, TX 77022.

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