Creating art for a public space can be tricky. What can an artist offer that works meaningfully within the space, can be enjoyed in a split second and reflects both the spirit of the artist and the energy of the location?
When Dallas-native M. Giovanni Valderas was selected to design one of the four murals as part of the initial Main Street Marquee roster, he wanted to bring attention to the resilience of Latin communities in Houston and the region. The downtown temporary public art piece needed to add fun, color and significance.
“Saludos” achieved that in the text and the seemingly tactile texture of the large work. “Ay Te Miro,” loosely translated as “see you later,” echoed the function of a busy area of Downtown Houston. Between the METRORail, streets and pedestrians coming and going, the feeling of “see you later” seems lighthearted.
But there’s more to this work than meets the eye. Watch this video to hear the Valderas explain all the elements that went into the creation of “Saludos.”