Downtown Houston Art on Main Street for Family Pics

When was the last time you took a great photo with a spectacular backdrop? How about using beautiful Downtown Houston art on Main Street as your artistic background. The Downtown District for the City of Houston has an outdoor art program that is colorful and playful. The aim is to encourage growth in the neighborhood. After all, Downtown Houston isn’t just for the commuters to come and go. We are the most colorful neighborhood in Houston!

Downtown Houston Main Street Art Trumpet Flower

Downtown Houston Main Street Art includes “Trumpet Flower.” The paint was applied by several hundred volunteers who wanted to be a part of the experience.

What is “Art Blocks?” Glad You Asked…
"City Bird of Houston" mural by Armando Castelan, 2015. Located in Downtown Houston on Main Street as part of the Art Blocks project.

“City Bird of Houston” mural by Armando Castelan, 2015. Located in Downtown Houston on Main Street as part of the Art Blocks project.

Art Blocks is the Main Street Public Art initiative to feature artists who have a flair for public art.  There are some pieces that rotate out, like the wall panels above the Main Street Market. Other artworks are semi-permanent or permanent installations. The program will continue through April of 2017. We love the splashes of color and hope the program continues.

This inaugural project by the Downtown District Public Art Committee, supported by the professional services of the Weingarten Art Group, includes a series of site-specific temporary installations by internationally lauded artists and designers such as Patrick Renner, Jesssica Stockholder and New York-based collective YesYesNo—some making their Houston debut.

Historical Architectural Details in Abundance

The Downtown Houston hotels and residences aren’t all brand new. For those who are looking for backgrounds that may be more neutral for those engagement pics, look to architecture. With historic columns and flying buttresses, Houston’s history provides a beautiful backdrop. The former Texaco building is to be a new residence The Star. Some of the restoration work on the facade is now viewable from the sidewalk on Rusk.