Austin is a vibrant and lively Texas city, known mostly for its great music scene, dynamic nightlife, and delicious food. It is also growing as an art center, with museums and art galleries all over the city. But some of the most amazing art in Austin can be found outside. The street art in Austin is interesting and colorful. It has become a major tourist draw for Austin, especially the incredible murals throughout the city. If you’re headed to Austin looking for great public art, keep reading to learn about five of the best street art murals in Austin!
One of the most photographed murals in Austin is located at the I-35 frontage road and 6th Street: the “Don’t Mess With Texas” mural. This popular mural welcomes visitors to the historic 6th Street district of the city, the center of Austin’s electrifying music scene.
Several colorful and iconic murals can be found in the district South of Congress, known as SOCO. This area in downtown Austin is packed with street art and murals, including the long-standing “Greetings from Austin” mural, located at 1720 S 1st Street. It resembles a vintage postcard, featuring the Texas State Capitol and other key landmarks.
Another mural to look for in Austin is the “Love from Austin” mural. This simple white outline of the state of Texas with the words in the middle is painted on a black background, on the wall of souvenir shop Prima Dora. Check it out at 1912 S Congress Avenue.
The “You Make My Heart Sing” mural is located on the back brick wall of the old Threadgill’s bar and restaurant building at 301 W Riverside Drive in Austin. If you don’t know to look in the back, you might miss this beautiful mural that features a red heart and gold stylized cursive writing on a light blue background.
The “Hi, How Are You” mural featuring a frog is another enduring piece of Austin street art. The famous frog, painted graffiti-style, is an Austin music icon known as Jeremiah the Innocent was painted on the wall of the then-Sound Exchange store at Guadalupe Street and 21st Street by commission. The store closed years ago, but the mural has remained.
The scope and variety of the public street art scene in Austin is one of the most remarkable things about the city. You can find amazing street art all over the Texas capital city, to inspire and encourage your own creativity. No visit to Austin would be complete without checking out at least some of its unforgettable murals and other phenomenal public art.
Art from the Streets (AFTS) is an Austin-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established to give people living in homelessness a safe place to develop their creative skills and grow as artists. AFTS strives to create a pathway to self-determination for the artists it serves, by encouraging social connections and helping them generate income from the art they create. If you would like more information about the organization, contact the AFTS team. Further, if you are called to volunteer or make a donation online to the organization, visit the Art from the Streets website. You also can reach out to Executive Director Kelley Wordenvia email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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