Exploring Austin Art: Street Art, Murals, & Mosaics, 2017 Edition

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Driving around town, kids in tow and fighting traffic, I usually find myself so focused on getting from Point A to Point B 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, like all of the amazing Austin art we pass every day.

I set out to compile a Top 10 list of Austin murals and street art — a bucket list of sorts — to visit with the kiddos. 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 Austin art was everywhere: gas stations, Chinese takeout joints, back alleys, even sidewalks. My son 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 summer 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 a few new pieces going up around town last week, so you may even luck into seeing an artist in action.

Because this list is so long (more than 100 locations!!) we’ve broken it up into sections that load quickly and take you straight to the part of town you wish to see. You can click the links below on each page, or just scroll to the bottom and hit ‘next’ to see more. The last page features an interactive map to get you started on your adventure. Happy hunting!

Downtown | Central | South | East | North | West

Austin Art Found Downtown

6th St Historic District by Sanctuary Printshop: E 6th St & SB I-35 Access Rd


6th & 35 mural

Cat: E 6th St & SB I-35 Access Rd (NW Corner)


Wasabi Mural

Wasabi: 717 E 7th St


Frank Mural

Frank Public Art (Changes Monthly): W 4th St & Colorado St


Mexic-Arte Murals

Mexic-Arte Museum: 419 Congress Ave


Esther's Follies Mural

Esther’s Follies by Kerry Awn: 525 E 6th St (On Alley)


O Henry Mural

O Henry: 121 E 5th St


Parking Garage Couple Mural

Whispers: SW Corner of W 3rd St & Guadalupe St (inside parking garage)

 


Howdy Mural

Howdy: 601 W 6th St


Weapons of Destruction Mural

Voice Your Voice: Alley between E 6th & 7th Sts and Sabine & Red River Sts


Houston Toads Mural

Houston Toads by Louis Masai: 222 E 6th St


Brazos Sidewalk Mosaic

Sidewalk Mosaic: E 2nd St & Brazos St


Long Live Art Mural

Long Live Art: E 2nd St & Brazos St


Green Light Social Mural

Green Light Social: 720 W 6th St


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Hit ‘next’ to see Austin art in Central Austin!

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  • Saila Islam

    There’s another one “Love is the question, Love is the answer” at Nau’s Enfield Drug at 1115 West Lynn Street (intersection of 12th and West Lynn),

    • Thanks, Saila! I’ve seen photos of that one online but haven’t been out to see it yet.

  • henri12

    You might want to add Edward Rendon Park to your list of authentic murals. Go to the far eastern area near the former power plant–follow the trail near the basketball courts– and find a beautiful painting depicting Latino life. Also old murals still grace the Metz pool area. Even more pertinent is the soon to be restored Loteria mural at 1619 E. Cesar Chavez. Well-meaning SXSW fans decided to “update” the 1989 mural without understanding the cultural significance. They have willingly agreed to fund the resurrection of that mural.

  • Natalie Tanner

    These have been such fun to explore! Thanks for such a comprehensive list!
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist
    http://www.theeductionaltourist.com

  • Pauline

    Has anyone seen any new ones to share with us?

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  • Aisha Milburn

    When I click links within this post, I continually get:

    Oops! There’s Nothing Here… (404 Error)

    Sorry. It looks like the link you clicked on is broken.

    Use the search box to try again?

    • Stephen C. Webster

      Thanks for letting us know. We just fixed it!

  • Ryan Davis

    A whole article about Austin street art and don’t even create the artists SMH

    • Emily Dieringer

      Hi, Ryan. I’ve added the artists’ names on those I was able to find. If you’re aware of the artists on any others, please let me know and I’ll gladly add them. Thanks!!

  • Olivia Overturf

    why aren’t the artists listed??
    King of Pop(12th and Chicon) is no longer there due to the “whitewashing” by the business owner.

    • Emily Dieringer

      Hi, Olivia. I made a note in the post that the King of Pop was painted over–what a disappointment. I’ve also added the artists’ names on those I was able to find. If you’re aware of the artists on any others, please let me know and I’ll gladly add them. Thanks!!