The Mini Murals project reimagines traffic signal control cabinets (also referred to as electrical or utility boxes) as blank canvases brimming with creative opportunity, inviting artistic expression for all to enjoy. Once painted by local artists, the cabinets, which are located at every intersection with a traffic signal, are intended to help instill civic pride while beautifying neighborhoods and enhancing the urban landscape of Houston.
The pilot phase consisted of 31 boxes painted in City Council District K, and one in District B. Other boxes that have been completed were sponsored by the Houston Zoo, Westchase District, East End Foundation, and City of Bellaire. More boxes will be completed in Midtown, Greenspoint, Hobby, Northside, and others. Mini Murals is created and curated by Elia & Noah Quiles of UP Art Studio, who also serve as the project manager, and a diverse advisory board of Houston researchers, marketers, advocates, and arts leaders.
The project is supported by City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Houston Arts Alliance, East End Foundation, City Council Members, and Fresh Arts as fiscal sponsor. The Advisory Board includes Jeff Reichman (January Advisors), Aimee Woodall and Monica Danna (The BlackSheep Agency), James Phelan (WhiteSpace Houston), Joel Luks (The CKP Group), Adam Brackman (Common Ground), Alex Saenz, Shawna Forney, Mac Miller, Erin McClarty, Andy Aguinaga, Gibson Hall, John McCann, and Morris Malakoff.