Willie Nelson Mini Art, in Houston

The Willie Nelson mini mural at the corner of Ella and 34th streets, commissioned by real estate developer Chris Hotze, was created by w3r3on3.
by:  Molly Glentzer

When Todd Romero and his two young sons ride through their East End neighborhood on the way to school or soccer practice, they make a game of picking their favorite mini-murals — the popular artworks painted on traffic control signal boxes across the city.

Romero, a University of Houston history professor, appreciates the lessons mini-murals can offer about significant characters from the area’s past, including Staff Sgt. Macario Garcia, the first Mexican immigrant to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor; and Mason Park founder John P. Mason.

Eight-year-old Alec and 5-year-old Elias, however, love anything colorful and fun. Their hands-on favorite mini-mural depicts the cartoon character Speedy Gonzales, who is the mascot of “Los Bomberos de Houston,” the firemen of Station 20 on Navigation.

Because that one has Spanish language on one side and English on the other, Romero concedes, “It does a nice job of encapsulating the neighborhood.”

As happens with any public art, however, the mini-murals also have detractors.

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