Roots The Salon Houston, Murals Past & Present on Bldg.
A most interesting mural was painted on the side of the Roots the Salon Houston building in Houston. The sign on the front of this vintage brick building on Richmond Avenue gave no hint as to what embellished the side of this structure.
The graffiti artist Zeso obviously had fun using a play on words.
In the roots hair salon the roots of hair are addressed whether being shampooed, conditioned or getting color treatments each time a client visits there.
This salon was established in 2011 and takes care of men, women and children from Noon until 8PM every day with the exception of Sundays and Mondays. They have a loyal customer base from what I have read.
I could not find out much about the artist Zeso other than the fact of his being born in France.
Zeso lives and works in Brooklyn according to a video that I saw of a large mural of his that he executed in that city. It is 125 feet long by 25 feet in width!
Below is a video showing that mural in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, N.Y.
Fat and twisted roots of trees simulating engorged parsnips above ground constitute some of what Zeso spray painted on the side of this Houston beauty salon.
For some reason his depiction of trees reminded me of illustrations in some of the Dr. Seuss books I have seen. Do you viewers see that?
The pink and orange sky with falling orange colored leaves, mushrooms and rocks made me think that it was late in the fall season of year. Most of the leafless trees were upright but a few dead logs were scattered about.
There was life depicted by mushrooms, a rabbit and two birds plus some sparse green foliage near the bottom. The green shapes near that large rooted tree near the front almost looked like the lettering of the artist’s name. I think that I can decipher a “Z”, “E” and “S” but not the “O” in the name ZESO.
The surrealistic lavender planetary image near the flying bird directed ones eyes to geometrically shaped images towards the back of the building. That is where bright pinks, yellow, blue, green and other colors were featured. It was a contrast and departure from the organically painted scenery further to the front of the building.
My photographs were taken some time ago and when looking at the roots salon today it appears that new mural art has taken its place. That is not too uncommon here in Houston.
More work of Zeso can be seen below.
It is fun to see how local businesses promote different types of art. This is what is now painted on the side of the building.
TONANTZIN TLALLZ is lettered above the mural in capital letters. I could find no artist by that name. However the name Tonantzin can be interpreted in several different ways. Most articles reference that name as to meaning an Aztec mother goddess. Tlallz in Aztec means earth. So this mural definitely depicts “Mother Earth” in an interesting way.
The Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City which was built in the 17th century is believed to have taken the place of a earlier temple dedicated to worshiping Tonantzin in Pre-Columbian days.
From the roots of trees to being visually rooted in Aztec mythology via the two different murals, this hair salon delights the eyes as well as imaginations of people driving by.
A small sampling of other murals around our fair city are featured below.
Location of this Montrose area hair salon: