I love you so much
Painted on the side of Jo’s Coffee, this mural is a popular photo-op for South Congress tourists. The simple red cursive writing was spray painted by local musician Amy Cook. She wrote the message for Jo’s Coffee owner, Liz Lambert, who she was dating at the time. Now couples from all over use the wall to express their love.
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HOPE Outdoor Gallery
This location isn’t exactly a single mural. The outdoor gallery is a collection of dozens of ever-changing paintings covering three-stories of concrete wall. Graffiti artists continuously cover the failed condo development in layers of pictures that never stick around too long. Brave visitors can climb up to the top and see a colorful bird’s-eye view of Austin.
Greetings From Austin
Is there a better way to Insta-brag about your trip to Austin than snapping a virtual postcard? Located south of Lady Bird Lake on the exterior of Roadhouse Relics, this mural is worth the quick drive to snap a family photo in front of the recently-restored painting. If that’s not enough of a souvenir, you can buy a postcard of the postcard painting to send the old-fashion way.
Railroad Bridge Art
Going standup paddleboarding or kayaking in Lake Austin? This graffiti art is the perfect background for a photo of your adventure. The art reminds Austin to ‘Never Give Up’, brightens passersby’s days with colorful Pac-Man ghosts, and has even been used in a marriage proposal. You can check out the bridge after visiting Zilker Park or from Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.
Historic District Mural
The Sixth Street Historic District mural is visible from the highway and welcomes visitors to the famous entertainment center in downtown Austin. The mural contains proud aspects of Austin’s identity including references to Austin as ‘The Live Music Capital of the World.’ You can stop by the mural before a night out or during the day as you browse through the museums and souvenir shops in the area.
You’re My Butter Half
This colorful mural is a favorite backdrop for couple photoshoots in Austin. The mural was created by Creative Suitcase while volunteering during United Way’s Days of Caring. It was meant to express the importance of United Way to the community and encourage visitors to think of those people who are important to them.
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Hi, How Are You?
Jeremiah the Bullfrog has watched over The Drag for more than 20 years. The black and white artwork first appeared on the album cover of Daniel Johnston’s Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album in 1983. Ten years later, a record store in the corner space commissioned Johnston to paint Jeremiah on the wall.
Til Death Do Us Part
Federico Archuleta created this expression of undying love using stencils and spray paint. The mural exists in two locations in Austin. The original can be found in East Austin on 7th and Waller and a recreated version is located Downtown on the side of the Mexic-Arte Museum.
By Barbi Barbee