Heights Post Office Building Murals
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Gone But Not Forgotten
Update: The old Heights post office building murals are no longer there. A new building takes its place. What was written below and photographed will now be a part of Houston Heights history.
Post Office Building in the Houston Heights
The clock is 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 residents in the Houston Heights going back to the 1980s.
But times have changed! Several years ago, changes took place by the U.S. government-run post offices all across our country in the cause of efficiency. In some cases that meant closing down existing structures and selling off the proceeds 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 are seen from the corner of Heights Boulevard and 11th street. The actual address is 1050 Yale Street, Houston, Texas 77008, at the front of the building. There is off-street parking on that side of what used to be a functioning post office.
Graffiti Artists Create Temporary Art
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 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 is not only on buildings but also on light posts and even stoplights.
A very visible LOVE mural is painted on some garages at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in the Heights. I suspect that Wiley Robertson executed it, but I was unable to note a signature on the mural. That may have been specified when church members commissioned it.
Views from 11th Street
The photos of the walls 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 did some of the painting on 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.
By peeking through chain link fencing one can see the backside of this building. 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 done some painting on this side of the building.
At the top of this post, I indicated that the clock is ticking. A new building will take its place sometime by the end of this year. So if you wish to see these eye-catching graffiti murals in person…you must hurry!