Heights Post Office Building Murals…Clock is Ticking!
Gone But Not Forgotten
Update: The old Heights post office building has now been razed and a new building will take its place. What was written below and photographed will now be a part of Houston Heights history.
The clock is definitely ticking down if you care to see the graffiti murals on the Heights Post Office building. The old post office had been operating and serving local residents in the Houston Heights going back to the 1980s.
But times have changed! Several years ago changes were made by the U.S. government-run post offices all across our country to make them more efficient. In some cases that meant closing down existing structures and selling off the proceeds in order to become more cost-effective. That happened with this Heights Post Office. Real estate investors purchased this property with future construction plans in place.
Two sides of this 6,161 square foot building can be viewed from the corner of Heights Boulevard and 11th street. The actual address is 1050 Yale Street, Houston, Texas 77008 where the front of the building is located. There is off street parking on that side of what used to be a functioning post office.
The land developers decided to employ local graffiti artists by the name of Wiley Robertson and Angel Quesada to create temporary works of art using the exterior of the empty building much like an artist’s palette.
This artist who simply signs his work with the tag name Wiley is known for his campaign of using the word LOVE on many of his creations all across Houston. The letters spelling LOVE are seen not only on buildings but also on light posts and even stop lights.
A very visible LOVE mural is painted on some garages at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in the Heights. I suspect that it was executed by Wiley Robertson but I was unable to note a signature on the mural. That may have been specified when it was commissioned by church members.
The four photos of the murals above are on the side of the building facing 11th Street in the Houston Heights. Graffiti art on the left-hand side is by Wiley and on the right, by Angel Quesada.
I read that school children from Hogg Middle School were engaged in painting the side of the building facing Heights Boulevard. Art teacher Kati Ozanic-Lemberger helped to guide that project.
The YAKWERKS.COM above the doors represent this art teacher and her carpenter husband’s company name. I am assuming many of the names on the doors and surrounding brickwork to the right of the large flower are those of the students who helped paint this side of the edifice.
The back side of this building can only be viewed by peeking through chain link fencing. It is understandable why this area is blocked off from the public since the building is empty. Fortunately, I was able to get the lens of my camera through the enclosure to capture some of the colorful images.
The Texas artist Angel Quesada who tags his work with @ARTKUNGFU also did some of the graffiti artwork on the back part of this structure. In addition to being an artist he practices and teaches the martial arts of TaiChi. His signature tag incorporates both concepts.
Since I could not get any closer, I could not identify other signatures of artists who may have been involved in colorizing this side of the building.
At the top of this post, I indicated that the clock is ticking. This site is currently scheduled to be demolished sometime by the end of this year. So if you wish to see these eye-catching graffiti murals in person…you must hurry!