October 17, 2022 | Expansive® is proud to participate in Downtown Houston’s groundbreaking public art experience, Big Art. Bigger Change. German artist Case Maclaim’s (aka Andreas von Chrzanowski) stunning mural now graces the west wall of our historic downtown property, the Scanlan Building, at 405 Main Street. Spearheaded by Downtown Houston, the Houston downtown management district, and Central Houston Inc., curated by Street Art for Mankind (SAM), supported by Total Energies, and inspired by Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, this 9-mural program raises awareness for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and celebrates the resilient community in the heart of Houston.
“The overall health of any city’s urban core is often linked to pedestrian vibrancy, and this campaign will give people yet another reason to venture outside and explore the neighborhood, block by block,” noted Central Houston’s President and CEO Kris Larson. In a community known for its arts, this unprecedented program paired prominent international artists with three local stars to prompt more discussion of social and environmental issues in Houston and beyond. The themes for each piece were selected by local organizations.
The murals run along a one-mile stretch from Lamar Street to Main Street. The Scanlan Building piece is within viewing distance of Lula Goce’s on the Republic Building at 1018 Preston and a block from Victor Ash’s at the Sam Houston Hotel, 1117 Prairie. The large school art exhibit can be enjoyed with the help of a self-guided free walking tour from SAM’s Behind the Wall app, available on the Apple Store and Google Play.
This work joins well known murals on a number of other buildings throughout the Expansive portfolio including Phoenix Heard Building’s El Oso Plateado and the Machine by Nevercrew, the JBAK mural at the Phoenix Midtown Building, and Kathleen King and Paul Naton’s mural on the Gaslamp Building.