By: Julieta Hernandez Photo by: Jarred Schuetze
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Corpus Christi takes pride in beingbrpretty to look at, but the beauty transcends the skyline. You’ll find the streets bedecked with colorful hues asbrthe city flourishes in self-expression.brMurals, an outlet for the artistic revolution, paint the town in vibrant colorsbrand make landmarks out of placesbrwe’d never expect.
1. Welcome to Corpus Christi:
Each letter shows exactly whatbrwe love about Corpus Christi in this postcard inspired mural. The viewer willbrsee unique city landmarks including the Harbor Bridge and the City Cathedral,bras well as a likeness of Selena Quintanilla Perez. Jeremy Flores painted thebrmural on the north wall of Richline Technical Services. Completed in Aprilbr2018, this heartwarming work of art appeals to both “Corpitos” locals andbrtourists. It’s almost tempting to add this one to a personal postcardbrcollection.
2. Endless Sunset: The Colors of Our City:
This mesmerizing piece adornsbrthe side of the Caller Times building, brightening up N. Lower Broadway St.brwith hues of pink, lavender and coral. Sandra Gonzales, the artist, includedbrintricate paintings of local wildlife, which spotlight the beauty of nature inbrkaleidoscopic designs. This mural, composed of a hypnotic myriad of colors, isbras breathtaking as a Coastal Bend sunset.
3. The Sound Vibrations Mural:
It’s as if Texas natives JanisbrJoplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Freddie Fender teleported back into Corpus allbrat once. Spot them during the day or under a violet spotlight at night on thebrside of Sound Vibrations. This colorful mural is a dedication to deceased Texasbrartists, giving off a groovy sentiment for music lovers. Names of rememberedbrartists are painted on the mural, including George Strait, Corey Jackson, StevebrMiller, and plenty more.
4. Dia de Los Muertos:
The Dia de Los Muertos muralbrshows the Chicano culture that runs deep within the bones of many CorpusbrChristi residents. This multifaceted piece showcases the beauty in death,brreminding us what a gem of a town we get to enjoy while still being alive. ThebrK Space Contemporary Art Camp was in charge of the project, allowing citizensbrto give back to the community. This hidden masterpiece encapsulates the Day ofbrthe Dead in lively colors.
5. The Mercats:
Who doesn’t love felines orbrocean life? You can thank the 2016 K Space Contemporary Art Camp for thisbrelegant hybridization of mermaids and cats on the humble wooden fence rightbroutside of Black Tie Roses on Chaparral Street. The simple floral designs andbrcharming creatures create the perfect backdrop for a quick selfie and providebran uplifting view when buzzing around downtown. Apparently, mermaid cats dobrexist here in the Coastal Bend.