Nine New Murals Unveiled in Downtown Houston Exhibit

by Glasstire October 19, 2022

Big Art. Bigger Change. premiered this past weekend in downtown Houston. Curated by Street Art for Mankind (SAM), a nonprofit that funds large mural projects in an attempt to encourage social change, the exhibit includes works by nine artists at different locations around the city center. Three local artists — Emily Ding, Ana Marietta, and Bimbo Adenugba — are featured alongside an international cohort that includes Belin (Spain), Case MaClaim (Germany), Lula Goce (Spain), Cristian Blanxer (Spain), Sonny Sundancer (South Africa), Victor Ash (France), and Carlos Alberto GH (Mexico). Last year, Ding was selected to create a mural on the facade of Artspace111 in Fort Worth.

A large-scale mural in downtown Houston of a falcon.

Sonny Sundancer, “Fight or Flight,” 2022. Image courtesy of Street Art for Mankind.

The project is the result of a collaborative effort between the Houston Downtown Management District, SAM, and Central Houston Inc. The entire exhibit is contained within a mile stretch of the city that runs east from Sundancer’s mural on the Hilton Americas Hotel at 1600 Lamar to Belin’s piece on the Franklin Garage at 805 Franklin. According to a report from Axios, the murals are expected to be up for at least one year. The report from Axios also includes a map of the exhibit.

Meanwhile, self-guided walking tours are available via a free app, called Behind the Wall, which was developed by SAM. The app can be downloaded from the Houston Downtown Management District website. QR codes at each mural site also link to Behind the Wall.

Sustainability is the prevailing theme of Big Art. Bigger Change. Artists were asked to respond to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals put forth by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Those goals include the elimination of poverty, the facilitation of quality education, gender equality, clean water, and zero hunger. As reported in multiple outlets, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis conceived of the exhibition after being moved by Dragon76’s mural on Crawford Street, which was another SAM initiative, part of World Food Program USA’s Zero Hunger Campaign. 

A large-scale mural by Victor Ash in downtown Houston. The mural depicts a young girl riding a horse, the lasso raised above her head spells out the word "freedom."

Mural by Victor Ash, 2022. Image courtesy of Victor Ash Studios.

In a post to his Instagram, project artist Victor Ash said his “charity mural” was “specially made to raise awareness about trafficking of children.” According to their mission statement, child labor and trafficking is a primary and original concern of SAM. For more information, about the project, visit


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Beth Secor October 20, 2022 - 10:09

I am glad you included the artists’ names here. The Mayor’s Office had a post on Facebook about the Mural Project, and although there was a link to the press release that did recognize the artists, the more highly visible Facebook post made no mention of the artists’ names, which is a shame. These are beautiful murals, and I am sharing your article with my mural students at UHD.

Dawn Koufakis June 10, 2023 - 08:38

My husband and I were so impressed by the beauty and stature of the downtown Houston murals! They add warmth and texture to the landscape and create a welcome without words. I dream of having a mural that reflects the spirit of my church as well. We attend an affirming church in north Houston that “puts love first” in all things! I would really like to have a muralist, even a student, give us an idea of how much a project like would cost us. We have a concept in mind already. We are visibly located in on a busy street. We desire to have a mural that speaks welcome with out words as well.


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