19 JUNE 2015
Custom Mural Provides Art for Underprivileged Youth
The hand-painted custom mural is a welcome burst of energy and excitement – interweaving colorful strokes on an open wall for one of Kirksey’s most inspiring projects. This project, a confidential rehabilitation center for underprivileged Houston-area youth, meant a great deal for those involved, including a well-known Houston artist who provided his talent for this special project.
Known in the social media world as Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau, the French artist relocated to Texas in 1998. Working with architects, designers, schools and fortune 500 companies, Boileau creates custom artwork that reflects its surrounding environment. “As a former graffiti artist when I was a teenager, I can relate with having legal issues and doubting myself,” Boileau said. “But I also know that anyone can turn things around and change.” Boileau, now a celebrated artist, knew the importance of sharing his story and creating a work of art that would positively impact the students walking the halls.
The Kirksey team worked with Boileau to find the right nuance and feel for the art – and, not stopping there – they asked the teens to provide their own opinions and thoughts in order to contribute to the project, too. The students wrote down inspirational words, quotes and phrases that are painted throughout the building in various recreational areas – from the basketball court to the hallways.
“The mural represents ‘change’ – first from a simple wall – then with the writing of the words they chose,” Boileau said. “I then turned their words into a more abstract art piece, conveying energy and hope.” Several hundred colorful strokes later, the large indoor mural and inspirational quotes have found a permanent home inside the building, a daily reminder that design and art can have a positive impact on anyone in the community. Photography by Ruben Serrano.