New Hope, Garden/Jardin, 2009, #MC2009.02, Garza at installation.Image 12
Art Commission For New Hope Housing, Inc.
At Brays Crossing, 6311 Gulf Freeway, Houston, Texas
In 2009 New Hope Housing, Inc. commissioned artist Carmen Lomas Garza to design four metal cutout murals for its renovated S.R.O. (Single Room Occupancy) building for low-income residents.
New Hope Housing turned a run down motel into housing for single residents who could look forward to living with dignity in a welcoming and safe home.
Garza designed and cut four paper cutouts at 1/6 scale size. The paper cutouts were scanned and used as the matrix to cut ½ inch thick steel panels to make the four murals each one measuring 14 x 48 feet. The murals were installed on the front of buildings facing the freeway, providing a welcoming for the residents and an exhibition to passing motorists.
Brays Crossing Awards For Architecture
- Glassman, Shoemake, Maldonado Architects, Inc.
- Urban Land Institute (ULI): Americas Award for Excellence, 2011
- Urban Land Institute (ULI): Houston Development of Distinction, 2011
- BUILDER Magazine: Builder’s Choice Design & Planning Award
- Houston Business Journal: Landmark Awards, Community Impact & Public/Private Partnership
- American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston Design Award: Restoration/Renovation, 2011
- Mayor’s Proud Partner
- Keep Houston Beautiful Award