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Houston’s Iconic ‘Be Someone’ Mural Above I-45 Is Back… For Now

By Colby Smith

Houston’s Iconic ‘Be Someone’ Mural Above I-45 Is Back… For Now

The canvas has undergone a number of changes over the past year.

There’s no shortage of murals in Houston, with cafes, buildings, and entire park painted sky high in vibrant illustrations, H-town literally drips with artistic expression. But very few are more iconic then bold blue ‘Be Someone’ tagline suspended over I-45. [Featured image: @travishodgesphotography]

Since the onset of the pandemic, travel-bound Houstonians have witnessed a series of alterations of the famous slogan. The first was back in March, with a hygiene-conscious someone, or someones, painted over the sign to read: “Wash Ur Hands.”

Later on in August, a group of people highjacked the overpass yet again with a hashtagged slogan: #SAVEOURCHILDREN. In passing, the message seemed to have spoken to raising awareness of child trafficking. The messaging was muddied when taking into context QAnon-related conspiracies which suggest that, among other things, there is a secret child sex ring among elite in politics and Hollywood.

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Fast forward to September, when the railroad bridge was painted over yet again ahead of the general election with the black-and-white message: VOTE OR DIE – also in all caps.  That message was slightly altered in October, when an artist added a little coloring to the message so that it read: Elote or Die.

Yesterday, its original message returned to the overpass. “Be Someone” in bright blue letters now reads on the bridge, giving Houstonians a sense of returning to normalcy. At least for now.

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