Austin Mural Crawl


By Kara Fields

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Looking for a cool photo-op? A cheap date idea? A low budget outdoor adventure? Well look no further, BurntX has got you covered!

 

Austin is artsy to almost a fault. Everywhere you look there is color, vibrancy, and creativity. So what better way is there to explore Austin than through its street art?

 

Here we have written a guide of just some of the murals and free public art sites close to campus so you can have fun and take some great photos while exploring your city.

CAVA Smile, Rainbow, Wasabi

 

Situated just a few steps off campus, the good ol’ Guadalupe Street is filled with colorful art murals to satiate all your aesthetic needs. Close to the Univeristy CO-OP lies the CAVA Smile, Rainbow, Wasabi mural that I am sure many a student has passed while walking to class. The solid bright colors make for a great photo op when there aren’t many cars in the parking spaces.

Lo-Fi Vintage

 

Heading in the Southeast direction past the Whataburger that is pretty much exclusively used for a post-night out grease binge, you will stumble upon a quaint vintage clothing store. Though the price of vintage apparel is expensive, the art is entirely free, so take as many photos as your insta-hoe heart desires!

Spider House

Spider House, a hip performance venue, is situated across the street and is covered in murals. We thought it was udderly fantastic.

 

I Love Vintage

Just a little further down the road lies another one of Austin’s quirky vintage shops. The front of the building is painted to look like the sky and will make you feel like you are in a Kali Uchis music video. If you walk around to the side of the store, you will look up at the colorful wall and meet me – the walrus. Just kidding. I wish I could pull off a hat as well as that walrus.

 

Yum, Fresh!

Are your feet hurting yet? Nope! Stay strong from the ‘gram! A little further down the same road you will find Steel City Pops, the home of popsicles whose flavors sound like they will clash in cacophony, but actually are extremely delicious. A mural almost as fresh as their product is painted on their building and makes for a cute summery photo with your friends.

 

Hope Outdoor Gallery

Alright, alright, alright, so I know that this next stop is not along our Guadalupe route, but trust me you are going to be so happy for a walking break when you grab a seat on the 801 Metrobus.

It was approaching golden hour by the time we arrived and the park looked liked a city of glowing ruins. It was my first time going to the park, and perhaps the last as it is being demolished in January. At the very top of the hill there is a breathtaking view of Austin’s skyline and the Texas Capitol. After breathing in the art (literally), we sat and sadly gazed down at the park, drenched in history measured in layers of spray paint.

Love is the Question, Love is the Answer 1115 W. Lynn St., Austin, TX 78703

If you walk fifteen minutes past the park through a well-manicured neighborhood, you will come across a quaint looking pharmacy that looks straight out of the days of drive-in movies and jukeboxes.

 

Greetings From Austin 1702 S. 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704

Okay so the real mural is at the location stated above, but because we ran out of time this photo was taken behind the University CO-OP at the food truck court, near where we began our Austin Mural Crawl.

 

ART IS EVERYWHERE!!!

Alright kiddos so that is all the time we have for today, but as we end our Austin art adventure I want to remind you all that in a city like Austin, you can find artwork everywhere. So get off your computer, get off this blog post, and go explore! The city awaits!

A special shoutout to my models…

Thank you Lauren Grobe, Sara Johnson, and Adeline Gordon for exceeding the doctor-recommended step count for this Austin adventure <3