From the quirky shops on South Congress to the decorated guitars spread across downtown, there are plenty of landmarks that make Austin unique. Some of the most visible landmarks are the murals that grace the walls of local businesses all around the city. Many were designed by local artists to give locals and visitors alike a taste of what Austin is all about. Whether you're a long-time Austinite or first-time tourist, grab a friend, grab a camera and spend an afternoon hunting down some of Austin's most popular murals. Check out our list of ten must-see murals in Austin:
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Hi, How Are You?
Although this quirky image is known to locals simply as the "Hi, how are you?" frog, it's real name is Jeremiah the Innocent. Jeremiah originally graced the cover of artist David Johnston's 1983 album Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album. The image was then transferred to the wall of the Sound Exchange record store at 21st Street and Guadalupe near the University of Texas. While the record store has since closed, Jeremiah still remains an Austin staple on the wall of Thai Spice.
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I Love You So Much
This special text is a popular photo spot for Austin friends, couples, families and even pet owners and their companions. Found on the side of Jo's Hot Coffee on South Congress Avenue at James Street, this message to Liz Lambert (owner of Jo's) was spray-painted by her partner Amy Cook in 2010. Locals were devastated when the message was painted over by vandals in 2011, but it was quickly restored by the couple. Now all Austinites can enjoy this message of love in the heart of SoCo.
Photo courtesy of Gina Pina
You're My Butter Half
This mural was originally part of the rebranding efforts by United Way of Greater Austin. Local designer John Rockwell created the memorial and it was painted in just two days by volunteers. It's location at 2000 East Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard is a favorite stop for Austin couples to snap a photo.
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South Austin Music
Found on the side of the South Austin Music building at 1402 South Lamar Boulevard, this mural reflects the images of over thirty local Austin musicians. The mural was commissioned by the store in honor of their 20th anniversary in 2006. Local artist Aaron Sacco painted the image. Kevin Fowler, Guy Forsyth, Patrice Pike and Alejandro Escoveda are a few of the artists depicted.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Crookston
Welcome to Historic 6th
This modern mural is one of the newest murals to the Austin landscape. Located at 6th Street and Interstate 35, the image was designed and painted by Sanctuary Printshop in 2012 to fill the blank spot on their huge exterior wall. Whether you're just stopping by or spending a night out on the town, it's the perfect spot to immortalize your 6th Street visit.
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It's hard to miss this huge mural, since it takes up a whole block on San Jacinto between 6th and 7th Streets in downtown Austin. The mural depicts the city of Austin as well as Texas staples like cactus, cattle and rolling hills. The Cadillac is traveling down Highway 183 heading toward Austin. This mural is the perfect spot for a quick glimpse of what makes Texas unique.
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The image above is only part of the huge mural located at 23rd Street and Guadalupe Street at the Renaissance Market. Local Austin artists Kerry Awn, Tom Bauman and Rick Turner originally painted the mural in 1976. Stephen F. Austin stands at the center holding an armadillo and surrounded by several Austin landmarks like the UT Tower, Texas Capitol building and Texas State History Museum. To the dismay of local Austinites, part of the mural was vandalized in January 2014. The original artists are expected to begin repainting the image in March 2014.
Photo courtesy of Maureen Diddle
Live Music Capital of the World
Located on 6th Street at San Jacinto, this mural covers a wall of the Black Cat Lounge. It was painted in 2009 and depicts images of artists that helped make Austin the "live music capital of the world". Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Janis Joplin, Townes Van Zandt and Roky Erickson are immortalized at the top of the mural. It's a popular spot for visitors to snap a photo to remember their time in Austin.
Photo courtesy of Michael Cote
While it may not be one of the most popular or well-known murals in Austin, it's definitely worth a visit to Burnet Road and 49th Street to see this charming image. The image depicts a twist on the classic story as Humpty-Dumpty falls into a pan with a waiting chef nearby. Visitors stopping by to take a picture can also enjoy a delicious breakfast in the restaurant!
Photo courtesy of Bruce Turner
Greetings from Austin
Located on the side of the Roadhouse Relics building at South First Street and Annie Street, this iconic Austin image was originally on a postcard. Local artists Todd Sanders and Rory Skagen painted the image in 1998. The mural was restored in 2004 so Austinites and visitors alike can continue to enjoy it for years to come.