Have you noticed the vibrant murals and street art that adorn our city? Traffic boxes and brick walls are transformed into beautiful canvases for expression and imagination, becoming part of H-town culture. I am excited to announce Studio NiaMoves will contribute its own mural to our city’s colorful and electrifying art scene! Read more...
Our Nia community has invested its own energy into partially funding the long awaited mural which will take shape beginning Dec. 31. The mural design has been a dream of mine for the last several months, but finally took shape when I found the artist Emily while exploring the latest additions to Houston’s mural landscape during the 2017 Mural Festival.
NiaMoves Mural design - the Elephant
Half of the world’s populations venerate the elephant as a symbol of luck, wisdom and great intelligence. The Elephant is a majestic figure of great size living in harmony with its surroundings. Nowadays it is even used on various coats of arms and crests as a symbol of strength and resilience.
In the sketch that Emily created the ears of two elephants form the shape of a heart, giving the illusion of a single heart and one head, in turn symbolizing peace, love, and oneness. It takes a great talent to interpret an idea to this level of perfection. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I saw the sketch!
Emily is the co-creator behind the famous "The Birds Always Come Back," a mural inspired by stories of Hurricane Harvey survivors. In her depiction, a girl clasps her hair to her face with eyes and lips closed, as if she'll never find her happiness again. But there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and the birds eventually return. And happiness comes back too. Hearing Emily explain how she came up with the theme was a treat itself.
In the days following Hurricane Harvey we offered complimentary classes to help people cope with the aftermath of the storm. All of our regular class offerings and events are devoted to helping people tap into their inner wisdom, strength and resiliency to live a harmonious life.
The work for our mural at Studio NiaMoves is scheduled to begin December 31 and will take about a week or so to complete. During this time, the seven parking spots adjacent to the wall will be unavailable.
Give yourself a few extra minutes when arriving for classes and events to find parking. Use street parking whenever possible. Stop by for a quick chat with our talented artist Emily and watch this beautiful mural unfold in front of your eyes. You can also follow the progress online at @mleeding, @niamoves and #elephantwall. Once it is completed, bring your family, friends and neighbors by to take a photo!
I appreciate the investment to the mural fund by everyone who danced and contributed to the Nia Jams to raise seed money for the project. We are in this together. With the mural on the way, it’s going to be an EPIC start to 2018.
Studio NiaMoves owner