In midtown Houston, the former Obama headquarters is on a fairly busy corner. I pass by it almost weekly to visit two people I love who live in downtown.
There are two murals on the side of the big yellow building. I have taken snapshots of them because they are oh so cool.
This one was from 2008 –
And this ten foot tall one is from 2012 —
Can you see the red lines at the top right? That is the leftovers of paint that was splattered over it by vandals last October. The sign was re-painted by volunteers. But the paint splatters around the edges were left.
Last night, the party of NO once again offers their help to make America better.
The murals were painted by local artists as their donation to the cause.
At the time the mural was completed, International Studies professor Rogelio Garcia Contreras of the University of St. Thomas said it spoke more about the movement of change and hope than about Obama as a candidate. With the exception of propaganda campaigns in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, he said, murals generally don’t express ideas about a person.
“I think it reflects the idea that Obama is helping America move toward something they really need, and that’s hope,” Contreras said, “and that’s something different than what we’ve had in the last two centuries as it relates to ethnicity, links to power and some sort of network of support.”
I hope Houston continues to repaint it because I love those murals. I really do.