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N 9 B 387 C 1 E Jan 6, 2019 F Feb 21, 2019
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The Mural on the ceiling of the first floor lobby was painted by commercial artist Daniel MacMorris of Kansas City. The mural depicts industry, culture, law and municipal administration in Houston. In one panel a man appears to be wearing a Confederate officer's uniform under his cape. Colors of dusty pink, saffron and rosy red were used to blend with the marble and the soft lighting in the lobby. The centerpiece of the mural is a plaster relief of the Western hemisphere, with the star of Houston in the center. The relief is surrounded by the signs of the zodiac.
www.houstontx.gov/abouthouston/cityhallhistory.html

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N 15 B 372 C 0 E Jan 6, 2019 F Feb 21, 2019
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The Mural on the ceiling of the first floor lobby was painted by commercial artist Daniel MacMorris of Kansas City. The mural depicts industry, culture, law and municipal administration in Houston.
Colors of dusty pink, saffron and rosy red were used to blend with the marble and the soft lighting in the lobby.
The centerpiece of the mural is a plaster relief of the Western hemisphere, with the star of Houston in the center. The relief is surrounded by the signs of the zodiac.
City Hall also was one of the first totally air-conditioned office buildings in Houston.
www.houstontx.gov/abouthouston/cityhallhistory.html

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This beautiful orange lichen grows on the branches of trees in our area. A classic two-species lichen symbiont. It reproduces by releasing spores from asci.
As epiphytic lichens are known to be sensitive to phytotoxic gases (gases that are toxic to plants) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (atmospheric pollutants), they are often used to monitor the presence of pollutants in an urban areas.

Ball moss (Tillandsia recurvata) harness all the nutrients and water it needs from the air. It obtains nitrogen from bacteria, and other minerals largely from blown dust.
Ball moss grows well in areas with low light, little airflow, and high humidity, which is commonly provided by southern shade trees, often the southern live oak.

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Clusters of fragrant, yellow flowers bloom in February through April. They are followed by red berries from May to July. It is considered a good honey source. Native agarita shrubs are among the earliest blooming plants across Texas.
Native Americans of the Apache, Chiricahua, and Mescalero tribes used the fresh and preserved fruit for food and the wood shavings as a traditional eye medicine and a yellow dye for hides.

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