5 Best: Outdoor Murals
● By Julieta Hernandez
By: Julieta Hernandez Photo by: Jarred Schuetze
Corpus Christi takes pride in being pretty to look at, but the beauty transcends the skyline. You’ll find the streets bedecked with colorful hues as the city flourishes in self-expression. Murals, an outlet for the artistic revolution, paint the town in vibrant colors and make landmarks out of places we’d never expect.
1. Welcome to Corpus Christi:
Each letter shows exactly what we love about Corpus Christi in this postcard inspired mural. The viewer will see unique city landmarks including the Harbor Bridge and the City Cathedral, as well as a likeness of Selena Quintanilla Perez. Jeremy Flores painted the mural on the north wall of Richline Technical Services. Completed in April 2018, this heartwarming work of art appeals to both “Corpitos” locals and tourists. It’s almost tempting to add this one to a personal postcard collection.
2. Endless Sunset: The Colors of Our City:
This mesmerizing piece adorns the side of the Caller Times building, brightening up N. Lower Broadway St. with hues of pink, lavender and coral. Sandra Gonzales, the artist, included intricate paintings of local wildlife, which spotlight the beauty of nature in kaleidoscopic designs. This mural, composed of a hypnotic myriad of colors, is as breathtaking as a Coastal Bend sunset.
3. The Sound Vibrations Mural:
It’s as if Texas natives Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Freddie Fender teleported back into Corpus all at once. Spot them during the day or under a violet spotlight at night on the side of Sound Vibrations. This colorful mural is a dedication to deceased Texas artists, giving off a groovy sentiment for music lovers. Names of remembered artists are painted on the mural, including George Strait, Corey Jackson, Steve Miller, and plenty more.
4. Dia de Los Muertos:
The Dia de Los Muertos mural shows the Chicano culture that runs deep within the bones of many Corpus Christi residents. This multifaceted piece showcases the beauty in death, reminding us what a gem of a town we get to enjoy while still being alive. The K Space Contemporary Art Camp was in charge of the project, allowing citizens to give back to the community. This hidden masterpiece encapsulates the Day of the Dead in lively colors.
5. The Mercats:
Who doesn’t love felines or ocean life? You can thank the 2016 K Space Contemporary Art Camp for this elegant hybridization of mermaids and cats on the humble wooden fence right outside of Black Tie Roses on Chaparral Street. The simple floral designs and charming creatures create the perfect backdrop for a quick selfie and provide an uplifting view when buzzing around downtown. Apparently, mermaid cats do exist here in the Coastal Bend.