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Follow The Umbrella Alley To This Playful Street Art Pop-Up

By Colby Smith

Follow The Umbrella Alley To This Playful Street Art Pop-Up

Let your imagination fly at Playhaus II.

Step into the color spectrum at Playhaus II. The vibrant, hip-hop-infused exhibit marks the second incarnation from the collaborative effort of Playhaus Creative Director, Julie Gray, and rap artist, Fabolous.

From the recent, epic MF DOOM mural, to the Houston Graffiti Building, to the city’s many local IG-inspired hot spots, it’s an understatement to say that H-Town is no stranger to street art. Which makes it somewhat surprising that they’re aren’t more street art-specific exhibits. There is, however, one present exhibition that has channels the graffiti-driven artwork that gives our city color.

“Playhaus started out as an idea our founder Julie Gray had in her head about creating a space that gave people the opportunity to tap into their creative side using art, and music collectively and the original Playhaus was born,” the gallery’s website reads.

Set in East Downtown, Playhaus II features 11 vibrant and camera-ready installations created entirely by local artists. The exhibit’s key installation is their Graffiti Hallway, which is exactly what it sounds like: an corridor spray-painted floor to ceiling in oversaturated neon colors.

Other installations their equally colorful ball pit. Set at the entryway, Playhaus II invites visitors to release their inner child and dive in – whether for a pic or for general horseplay.

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In addition to the gallery’s other installations, Playhaus II also has a new BYOB hookah lounge.

Souvenir merchandise is also available for purchase, including t-shirt, hoodies, and stickers co-designed by Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami.

Playhaus II is open from 3:30 pm to 10 pm Wednesday and Thursday, and 3:30 pm to midnight Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets are available for purchase at the door and cost $25 for adults and are free for children under 3. Masks are require upon entry.

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