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July 24, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Wall to wall whacky

Bright cartoon animal mural (

Just how many did you have? (W.19th street mural)

Two pink elephants mural. Heights (niamoves)

Finally. Pink elephants that stand still – with the bonus that everyone can see them! (Heights street mural by niamoves)

Colorful. Usually cheered, unless it’s language after too many beers

We’ve all been there, but how about here:

Main & Co street mural by Dual

Main & Co street mural by Dual bordering the METRO rail.

Picture an interactive digital map of over 1,000 of Houston’s street murals.

The website is a work in progress so sometimes it loads slowly and is a bit clunky. You can sort by artist or location.

Drive around town without leaving your couch or hop in the car for a visual scavenger hunt. Entertainment with social distancing sketched in.

How great it would be if a road map of life was pictured so easily.

Owl Eyes by Anat Ronen( Memorial Park pedestrians walkway)

Ever wonder what you are walking into? (Anat Ronen’s “Owl Eyes”. Memorial Park)

No doubt there’s a bit of colorful language as many watch the Massive Three Gorges Dam in the process of failing.

The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydroelectric power station and was built to manage Yangtze River flooding.  Due to rain, floods, and problems of dams upstream, Three Gorges under extreme stress and straining to hold off massive water levels.

It’s bulging. A matter of time.

Guess what’s downstream? Wuhan (Yes, that one) and many critical pharmaceutical manufacturing plants.

Gulfton mural "Celebration of Diversity" by Jesus Sanchez. (Wyke Image/screenshot)

Gulfton mural “Celebration of Diversity” by Jesus Sanchez.(Wyke screenshot)

If that wasn’t enough, the Chinese have been evicted from their consulate in Houston….So last night they decided to enjoy a traditional summer activity roasting marshmallows and making Some-mores…over a fire in their courtyard fueled with classified documents.

Hey, the electricity is not turned off…a shedder wouldn’t work?

Residents of the neighboring building watched the fires continue to flare as firefighters and police were kept out of the compound.

Why? “Houston consul general, the top Chinese official there, and two other diplomats were recently caught having used false identification to escort Chinese travelers to the gate area of a charter flight in George Bush Intercontinental Airport. He described the Houston consulate, which he said ‘has a history of engaging in subversive behavior,’ as the ‘epicenter’ of research theft by the Chinese military in the United States.” They have 72 hours to get out.

….among other things. (Read more here) Houston is an international city with a big research community: medical, technology, space, nano and such.

 "Space City" mural by Michael C. Rodriguez. (garage, Rice Village)

Houston we have a problem.(“Space City”by Michael C. Rodriguez/Rice Village garage.)

In expected retaliatory “tit for tat”, the US says it will not reopen their Wuhan consulate. (Yes, that Wuhan. Sort of a no brainer considering)

China just can’t seem to get a break.

Neighborly love. Street mural by Aaron Darling (Instagram/ Westheimer Rd)

Worth a look-see on Westheimer.(Aaron Darling)

A bit anxious about some of the people attached to the consulate (some probably “retired” back to China already)

We used to live across from the consulate’s Chinese attorney. They wanted a good school district and an American subdivision experience with a two story house with a yard. Nice people.

Early one morning we were startled to see a big black car pull up in front of their house and the shaken wife with frightened three kids being marched – marched – out and stuffed inside the car. They were gone for over a week.

Later we were told of a political conflict between the two countries and the Party, being afraid some would seek political asylum in the US to avoid flying “home”, had loyal officials picked up everyone in town and forced them to stay locked in the consulate ‘ “for their own safety.”

She looked scared for a long time.

Divine Artist Houston street mural. God with a paint spray can (Screenshot/KHOU)

Sometimes you hope for some divine intervention from the original artist. You can’t see it, but there’s a paint spray can in his left hand.(KHOU)

One escape from fear is a light read – you know, what used to be called “airport books”.

There’s Animal Farm if you haven’t read it. Hey, who doesn’t like animals? Farm setting. Talking horse like Mr. Ed! Oh, such a hoot as the humans get the boot and animals rule the day and hay. Rebellion on the hoof! Utopia. Idealism. Slogans!

The author, Orwell, wanted it called a fairy tale.

Why not – lots of tails involved.

Woman in colorful dress. Street mural in Houston (Screenshot/KHOU)

So many lines to ponder.(Houston mural/KHOU)

The main character in another book really deals with the whole ball of wax…

Madame Tussaud (actual portrait), was a skilled sculptor of Paris’ famous wax museum, the Salon de Cire, where Parisians gathered to catch up the latest news, fashion, gossip, and politics. Talk about the colorful life.

All in the time of Marie Antoinette, Versailles – talk about potential results of economic disparity. Oh, the good life with having friends in high places, until they disappear…not in an happy, good way.

Enough fluff in the story to read quickly; enough astute observations about the French Revolution and how Marie narrowly survives the Reign of Terror to make it interesting. Oh, those fast talkers Desmoulins, Marat, and Robespierre!

Might already be on the “must read” bookshelves of Portland and Seattle.

"Perfect Wave" street murtal by brazilian artist Hilton Alves for the HUE Mural Festival. Commerce Street

Surf’s up this weekend here with Tropical Depression #8/Hanna. (“Perfect Wave”by Brazilian artist Hilton Alves for the HUE Mural Festival.Commerce Street)

This weekend we’ll be taking blows not only from COVID, but also a Tropical Storm.

Can’t fool the dog. Molly glares the growing stack of towels by the door. Sniffs the wind direction.

Not doubt we’ll be driven to a couple of choice colorful words with that.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

And a few more just for fun

Street mural on Whole Foods Market 365 (Yi-Chin Lee image)

Mural on Whole Foods Market 365 (Yi-Chin Lee image)

Midtown Houston mural by Caroline Truong at Thien An Sandwiches (Screenshot Truong)

Midtown Houston mural by Caroline Truong at Thien An Sandwiches (Screenshot.Truong)

man. Justice street mural Chartres Street (Vickery image)

Justice mural on Chartres Street. It’s the details that matter with this. George Floyd’s is featured in the video. (Vickery image)

"Wash your hands" street mural. (DUAL. Instagram)

Window shopping? They say people learn best by visuals and repetition.(DUAL/Instagram)

Street mural tribute to nurses during COVID pandemic (Nurse tribute (Sylvia Blanco Art/Facebook)

Street mural tribute to nurses during COVID pandemic (Sylvia Blanco Art/Facebook)

Astronauts love Houston street mural by Reagan Corbett. (Instagram Screenshot.Collen Baker/Hou.Chron)

Pretty well sums it up. If you’ve been here, you get it. (Reagan Corbett mural/Instagram)

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  1. easyweimaraner / Jul 24 2020 6:35 am

    love the tribute to the nurses… they deserve a lot of our respect…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2020 8:40 am

      I’m sure many of the medical community are ready to picture themselves safely far away on a sunny beach having a little R&R. May they be kept safe. Thanks for adding to the perfect salute to them.

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  2. shoreacres / Jul 24 2020 6:51 am

    The murals are wonderful! Maybe a nice Sunday drive into Houston is called for. As for wacky — here’s a news flash. The Sierra Club is in the process of denouncing John Muir, and discussing the advisability ot removing statues of him. He was a racist, you know. The World Wildlife Federation approves. I give up.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2020 7:00 am

      Driven to distraction….
      The Sierra Club is vastly different now. I guess the problem is once the organization called for limiting access to parks and halting immigration because more people mean more foot traffic and damage to sensitive environments and habitats – which is factually true…even if difficult to pair with welcoming to all all the time…especially if personal responsibility and consideration for others is neglected. As Smokey says, :Only you can prevent…” Wait, he’s been “rescued” and “liberated ” too, even though…
      Difficult, bear. Thanks for cruising in to chat

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  3. disperser / Jul 24 2020 6:57 am

    That’s a seriously neat map (although some photos are missing). I know of a blogger in Arizona who would make use of something like that.
    https://seekraz.wordpress.com/category/street-art-graffiti/

    As for the dam . . . damn!

    Let’s hope it doesn’t let go. Personally, flood planes and flood risks are the first things I researched each time we moved. I’d hate living downstream from a huge damn dam but, realistically you might not even know about the fact you are downstream from a damn dam. Such was the case in Castlewood, CO, where a dam broke and flooded areas of Denver, forty miles away.
    https://damfailures.org/case-study/castlewood-canyon-dam-colorado-1933/

    . . . two links will probably put this into moderation . . .

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2020 8:34 am

      Thanks for the links.
      The map just went live recently and is constantly being updated/added to. We’ve had a string of dry days so some of the murals are off line while they are being freshened as the artists do maintenance on them periodically.
      Dad always watched the weather and always said, “Never sleep below a dam or in a canyon.”.
      You do have to be careful when land/coastal prairie is flat – if it rains long enough in one place…
      That dam’s failure cause wide spread desolation. Some on site engineers are dismissing the situation saying it’s only the steel shields flexing and if it breaks off at the top, manageable…but it won’t be the top that fails. Could be a major disaster and long term misery for the ordinary people.
      Thanks for floating a comment this way

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  4. Kate Crimmins / Jul 24 2020 9:30 am

    Love the murals. Wuhan can’t catch a break, can it? We probably get all our generic drugs from there.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 27 2020 7:01 am

      If that dam breaks, it will be a tragedy of epic proportions.So far it’s managing.
      Life not only complicated, but so many unexpected dangers.
      Thanks for paddling by

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  5. pensitivity101 / Jul 24 2020 10:22 am

    Fantastic art works.

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  6. Ally Bean / Jul 24 2020 11:53 am

    Beautiful art. Love the murals, the colors and the messages. Nothing that interesting around here.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 27 2020 6:54 am

      Watching the murals is one of the few things I miss not living inside the Big City. It was an always changing view. Glad you got a smile. Thanks for rolling through here.

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  7. Spinster / Jul 24 2020 5:17 pm

    Nice art. (No re-blog button this time?) Thanks for sharing?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 25 2020 3:44 pm

      Street art is one thing I miss. Glad you enjoyed it. (Hmm. I think the reblog button is MIA most of the time – a bit annoyed with a couple of aggregates who never wrote original stuff only borrowed everyone else’s. At least with having to cut and paste a link in, they have to put some personal effort in?)
      Hope you’re managing to find stuff to keep you thinking and entertained – this staying home bit is getting a bit old.
      Thanks for painting a nice comment to leave here

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  8. The Coastal Crone / Jul 25 2020 1:52 pm

    Houston has great murals – thanks for sharing these! Yes, just what we need, a hurricane on top of Covid19! What a year! Is it because it is an election year? 2020 is certainly not about good vision. Stay safe.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 25 2020 3:39 pm

      Blame the comet! (Starry one, not the cleaning powder HAHA)
      We’re having bands of torrents with the backyard a swamp already this morning – Molly Malamute is not happy – the laundry room full of damp dog towels.
      Wishing you constant electricity, sturdy roof, and many yards between you and high water. (And let this darn thing keep moving forward at a fast clip.)
      Thanks for sloshing over to chat

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