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Giant Mural Of Beto O’Rourke As ‘Superman’ Pops Up In Houston

The mural is located in the Second Ward on Harrisburg and Sampson.

A giant mural featuring Democratic candidate for Senate Beto O’Rourke as a superhero-inspired figure has popped up in the Second Ward.

“We decided to do Beto in kind of a Superman garb,” Melissa Eason, one of the artists behind the mural, said. “He is holding his hands on his jacket and opening up his shirt to reveal the state of Texas with the Houston star on it.”

Congressman O’Rourke is running against GOP incumbent Senator Ted Cruz in a race that has gained national attention. The mural was completed as the first week of early voting comes to an end. Harris County saw high early voter turnout with a total of 309,115 people having cast their ballots as of Thursday, according to the Harris County Clerk.  

The mural is located in the Second Ward on Harrisburg and Sampson. Eason teamed up with local muralist, Anat Ronen, to create the design, which took about three days to paint. 

A mural with a similar ‘superhero’ concept was also unveiled in Austin this week, but Eason says it was a coincidence and there was no planning between them. “It was amazing to see that that one popped up with the same concept,” she said.

The two say the design is meant to inspire people to vote more than anything else. “I hope people don’t take it too seriously, but do go vote,” Ronen said.

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