Driving around town, kids in tow, fighting traffic, I usually find myself so focused on getting from Point A to Point B in one piece that I fail to notice the details in between. But so much of Austin’s unique appeal is in those details and quirks that we tend to take for granted. This post is a perfect example. I set out last week to compile a Top 10 list of murals–a bucket list of sorts–to visit with the kiddos over Spring Break. I planned to include the touristy ones we all know but I hoped to stumble upon a few hidden treasures too. After an hour downtown, my 10 became 20. An hour on The Drag bumped it 25. An hour on SoCo…. Well, you get the idea.
What I discovered was that when I took a deep breath and really started looking, incredible art was everywhere: gas stations, Chinese takeout joints, back alleys, even apartment buildings. My seven year-old actually got grumpy with me because I couldn’t stop to photograph every piece of street art he spotted while we cruised East Austin. Seeking out these pieces became like a scavenger hunt for our family and we had a blast seeing our city with fresh eyes.
So…here’s a start. When the Spring Break crazies kick in, get out and see how many of these beauties you can find. And when you’ve exhausted this list, just look a little harder. I think you’ll be amazed by the art that’s out there. I spotted several new pieces going up around town last week for SXSW, so you may even luck into seeing an artist in action. Happy hunting!
HOPE Outdoor Gallery: 11th & Baylor
Federico: 914 N Lamar
Deep Eddy Mural Project: 401 Deep Eddy Ave
Triple Cash: 509 Rio Grande
Joan Jett by Shepard Fairey: 304 W 4th UPDATE: A reader let us know that Joan Jett is no longer there.
6th St Historic District: 6th & SB I-35 Access Rd
Frank Public Art (Changes Monthly): 4th & Colorado
In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana--not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.