When Houston-based artist Tyler Kay first visited Waco, she fell in love with the excitement of the streets which were alive with pedestrians and the familiarity of the family-owned businesses she encountered. Now, she is adding to the Waco landscape with one of her own works.
Featuring a stretch of roses across the side of Savage Finds Antiques & Oddities, which opened in July 2017, Kay hopes to provide the public an even greater appreciation for their surroundings. For Kay, the sight of a blank wall offered an opportunity to bring beauty. During her initial visit to Waco, she talked to the owners of Savage Finds, located in the Silo District at 324 South 6th Street, about the possibility of creating a mural. She has been at work for about a week now, and is looking forward to investing even more in the Waco art scene.
“This has been my best location I’ve ever had,” Kay said. “There’s a constant stream of people walking around and already interacting with my mural. It’s great to see it already serving its purpose, to have people enjoy and interact.”
During her time here in Waco, Kay has also spent time exploring the city. Usually around the hottest part of the day, she takes a break to walk around and interact with different business owners. She also likes to try different restaurants each night.
“I already feel like a part of the community,” Kay said.
In the upcoming months, look for Kay’s work representing notable Waco features in the banquet room of Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant and the side wall of The Laundry Room.