Woodland Heights resident Michael Rodriguez wants to bring positivity to the community, and he uses art to accomplish that.
Rodriguez is the latest artist to contribute to the Houston Food Bank’s “Instagrammable moments,” which are places throughout the bank where people can stop and snap a photo with a creative background. The spaces will be made up of graphics, original art and murals.
Rodriguez’s is the second mural to be painted at the food bank.
“It’s great to see what they’re doing over there and how many people are helping,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a really positive place.”
That positivity is what made Rodriguez excited to team up with the food bank to paint a mural that extends along a hallway that is around 50 feet long.
Brian Greene, president and CEO of Houston Food Bank, said it decided to use art to engage the community and help build community support.
“We have lots of wall space and that gives us an opportunity to offer something beautiful to the community,” Greene said.
Rodriguez’s mural inspiration came to him while he was touring the food bank facility. He realized how Houston Food Bank is integrated into all of the different communities in Houston and wanted to be able to represent that in a mural.
The mural, which is just shy of completion, features different types of big, brightly colored produce at the base with skylines at the top.
Rodriguez said he originally met with the food bank before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the project was pushed back because of it. It also caused other projects he had scheduled to begin to overlap, which is way the mural won’t be 100 percent complete until the end of the month.
If you want to see Rodriguez’s mural, you should park at the bank’s back parking lot. You can’t miss it since you’d have to walk by it to go in.
As a Heights-area resident, Rodriguez also is able to see some of his work throughout his own neighborhood. He has a couple of murals at Sawyer Yards and one at Black Swan Yoga, 310 North St., that has been there almost 10 years.
“It always makes me happy to see people interacting and taking pictures at the mural,” Rodriguez said.
He also is working on a mural for the M-K-T development at North Shepherd Drive and 6th Street in the Heights. It has yet to be finalized, but Rodriguez said the mural would be at one of the entrances to the development and would have a space theme.