Exploring Austin’s Street Art, Murals & Mosaics

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
6th St Historic District: 6th & SB I-35 Access Rd
Frank Public Art (Changes Monthly): 4th & Colorado
Keep Austin Fresh: 303 Colorado (temporary; inside covered sidewalk)
You Are Original: 3rd & Guadalupe (Just inside parking garage exit)
’til death do us part: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress
Austintatious: 23rd St Artisan Market, 23rd & Guadalupe
Dylan and Satchmo: Hole in the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe

Music Legends: 24th & Guadalupe
Jeremiah the Innocent: 21st & Guadalupe
Impressionism: 24th & Guadalupe

Austin, Texas: 3700 Guadalupe
A Day at the Park: Shipe Park, 4400 Avenue G
Unicorn and Friends: 4413 Guadalupe (On alley)
Pond Scene: 4413 Guadalupe
Buddha: 4315 Guadalupe
Grotto Wall at Sparky Park: 3701 Grooms St
Smile: S Congress & Elizabeth

Home Slice Pee-wee: 1415 S Congress

i love you so much: 1300 S Congress
Horse: 1700 S Congress

Books: 1608 S Congress
Our Lady: 1500 S Congress
Give: 1401 S Congress

Floating Cupcakes: 1602 S Congress (On alley)

Amy’s Cartoon People: 1301 S Congress

All About Austin: S Congress & Riverside

Greetings from Austin Postcard: S 1st & Annie

Panorama: S 1st & Stassney

South Austin Music: 1402 S Lamar

Alphonse Mucha and the Four Seasons: 2003 S Lamar

Travis Heights: E Riverside at Alta Vista

Puppy Love: 2015 E Riverside
El Lago: E 5th between Chicon and Comal

Gandhi & Our Lady: 1811 E Caesar Chavez
Bulldog: 1510 E Caesar Chavez (back of building)
Rhapsody: 11th & Waller

Bicycles: 14th & Chestnut

Sesquicentennial: 1161 Angelina
The Shoe Shiners: 1314 Rosewood Ave
Beauty: 1309 Rosewood Ave
Coffee Creatures: 1405 E 7th

Love: 1905 E 12th

King of Pop: 1900 E 12th

Livestrong: 2201 E 6th (back of building)
Cisco’s: 1511 E 6th

In the Same Boat Now: 2000 E 12th St

You’re My Butter Half: 2000 E MLK Jr Blvd
Beauty Will Save the World: E 4th between San Marcos and Medina
Shadows: 7th & Navasota
Where is Your Heart?: 610 Calles
(Read more about this collaborative project here.)

Flamingo Mitote: Patterson Park, 4200 Brookview
Jerry’s Artarama: 6010 N IH 35
Sea Monsters: 10938 Research Blvd

Here’s a map of Austin’s street art, to get you started on your adventure!