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World-renowned Graffiti Artist Unveils Mural in East End

Turtle Soup was unveiled on Dec. 11 in East End Houston’s Magnolia Park. Photo – Greater East End Management District

Beautification effort a result of a coalition of community groups

A 260-foot-long concrete wall located at 7400 JW Peavy Drive has been transformed by a colorful mural, “Turtle Soup,” recently commissioned by the Greater East End Management District (GEEMD). Members of Houston’s art community and civic leaders, including Debbie McNulty, director of mayor’s office of cultural affairs, were among the list of guests at the grand unveiling on Dec. 11.

The mural was painted by world-renowned graffiti artist Pilot FX (Adam Socie) with UP Art Studio. The initial design was created by local East End artist, “Magnolia Grown” Jesse Rodriguez. The GEEMD’s beautification efforts have received recognition from Keep Houston Beautiful as well as being awarded the 2017 Mayor’s Proud Partner Award.

The mural is also the result of a coalition of community groups in the East End. Veronica Gorczynski, President of Greater East End Management District noted, “We had over 300 people over two weekends — that includes a Saturday and a Sunday just cleaning up the site.” The volunteers cleared a 15-foot-wide swath of overgrown foliage along a third linear mile of JW Peavy Drive to reveal an abandoned railroad spur. The spur was converted into a walking trail with 48 yards of mulch created from the trees and shrubs. The mural wall was cleaned and primed during the volunteer weekend.

This major undertaking was completed through generous sponsorships and in-kind labor from The Mission Continues; HOBY; YES Prep East End; Keep Houston Beautiful; UP Art Studio; Pilot FX; City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods and Maria Bolanos; City of Houston Solid Waste Department; Council Member Robert Gallegos; Houston Police Department; Harris County Constable Precinct 6; and East End Businesses  NuStar Energy L.P., Shell Oil, Frost Bank, Space City Credit Union, Sesco Cement; and the Port of Houston, with support from TIRZ 23.

The mural was created in partnership with artist Pilot FX and UP Art Studio.

A close-up of a colorful fish on the 260-foot-long wall.


Greater East End Management District

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