From colorful wall-sized paintings depicting a retro postcard to pun-y & funny ones — here are some of the best murals in Austin. Included are some iconic murals, cool, colorful and Instagrammable murals in Austin. Stop by on your next visit to snap an Instagram photo of one of these iconic Austin murals.
I love finding murals and street art when we travel and have quite a collection. See articles from Clarion Alley in San Francisco, Deep Ellum Murals in Texas to in Wynwood Walls in Miami… to street art from around the world.
25 Best Austin Murals
GREETINGS FROM AUSTIN MURAL
1720 S. First St
Painted by Roadhouse Relics owner Todd Sanders and friend Rory Skagen, this one is a postcard Austin shot that you can’t miss. Step into the iconic “Greetings from Austin” mural located in the South Austin neighborhood, for a photo marking your visit to Austin!
AUSTINATIOUS, Iconic Austin Murals
Location: 2266 Guadalupe Street (corner of 23rd and Guadalupe)
This is one of Austin’s iconic murals that was painted over 45 years ago by Kerry Awn and friends. The mural is a walkthrough of Austin’s history and culture. It was vandalized in 2014 but restored by the artists. “These murals have been a part of the fabric of Austin for 40 years and have come to represent the link between the old Austin and the new Austin of today,” the artists wrote.
This Austin graffiti wall is right next to the University CO-OP store. After you snap a photo, step into 23rd Street Artists’ Market to check out locally-made art, jewelry, clothing, leather goods, and other interesting goods on offer.
ALL ACROSS TEXAS
Location: 2266 Guadalupe Street
Located across the street from the Austintatious mural, the All Across Texas mural depicts the map of Texas and the big cities across the Lone Star State— from Houston, San Antonio to Dallas, are all displayed here.
Location: 3700 Guadalupe
I HEART AUSTIN
5134 Burnet Rd
A street art mural by Gerardo Arellano, is another mural that makes its appearance in many photos of Austin. This Bright and Colorful mural graffiti wall in Austin makes frequent appearances in Instagram 🙂
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH
1300 S. Congress Ave
In the heart of the South Congress (SoCo) entertainment district and located on the side of Jo’s Coffee this “I love you so much” mural is perhaps Austin’s most well-known and most Instagrammable mural. Get there early since it gets busy. Grab some tacos and the uber delicious sweet Iced Turbo coffee. Take your photo by I love you wall in Austin texas and then sit down to people watch. This timeless message always attracts a following that there’s always a line to take a picture in front of it.
WILLIE FOR PRESIDENT
1415 South Congress Ave
A fitting tribute to the Austin icon, the Willie for President mural was painted on the side of STAG Provisions men’s store by artists Jacqui Oakley, Erick Montes, and Joe Swec right before SXSW in 2016.
The group of artists didn’t think it would last longer than SXSW, but designer Montes says he’s glad it remains up. “What’s funny is that as that year progressed, and really still as things move forward, I think the more the mural needs to be up there. It seems to be having more gravity. We really need to just look at it,” he muses.
YOU’RE MY BUTTER HALF
2000 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
It is one of Austin’s most Instagrammable murals!
It makes for a romantic photo with your sweetheart. Make your way to this fun mural in East Austin for a sweet shot with your butter half.
‘TIL DEATH DO US PART
Corner of East 7th Street and Waller
Federico Archuleta (known as El Federico) created ‘Til Death Do Us Part using stencils and freehand spray painting. You can find many other murals all over Austin.
GIRL WITH CAMERA
401 E 53rd St #201
Are you an Instagram girt? then you need a photo of this beautiful Austin mural!
LET’S BAND TOGETHER
E. 6th & Chicon
An Austin Mural by Federico Archuleta.
BANKSY AUSTIN MURAL
Cesar Chavez Street and Congress Avenue
A recreation of the iconic Banksy mural “Girl with Balloon” can be found in Austin. This famous masterpiece by Banksy depicting a girl losing her balloon is also called There Is Always Hope or Balloon Girl or Girl and Balloon. The recreation can be found on the wall of The LINE Austin Hotel at the intersection of Cesar Chavez Street and Congress Avenue.
This mural first appeared on a wall on the South Bank in London, accompanied by the sentence: “There is always hope,” intended as a critique of a society that makes children grow old too fast.
Do you know about the famous reproduction of Banksy’s work on canvas known as Love is in the Bin? The genius artist had hidden a paper shredder in the frame, which activated at the Sotheby’s auction when the piece was sold and operators moved the painting. It stays half shredded. A revolutionary idea isn’t it?!
See this post for Street art murals around the World (including a few by Banksy) and See the official Banksy site for all his work.
SPREAD THE LOVE AUSTIN WAY
2207 Justin Lane
Another one of my favorite murals in Austin “Spread the Love Austin way” — this one was by Cody Seigmund.
HISTORIC SIXTH STREET MURAL IN AUSTIN
6th and I-35
You can’t miss this iconic Austin mural in the Historic Sixth Street by Sanctuary Printshop.
LOVE IS THE QUESTION, LOVE IS THE ANSWER
1115 W Lynn St
Does this Austin mural by Daniel Johnston answer your question about Love and Life? The superhero-themed artwork was part of a campaign to raise money for Superhero Kids, an organization that provides financial support for families of kids at Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center.
YOU BELONG AMONG THE WILDFLOWERS
1702 S. 1st Street
Mural by Summer Miles, Kayla Koslow, Molly McFee, Katie Van Wyngeeren, Erin Miles Newman, Alyson Miles Waver & Garrett Miles. Anything with flowers, especially wildflowers — I’m there. Another one of my favorite murals in Austin! It is right across from the iconic “Greeting from Austin” mural located in South Austin.
SMILE! EVEN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO
1511 S Congress Ave
This cute Austin mural is hard not to take a photo of, especially after eating a Hey Cupcake cupcake in South Congress.
LOVE FROM AUSTIN
Magnolia Cafe, 1920 S Congress Ave
This is located on the side of Prima Dora and I LOVE this Austin mural. It makes for a great photo spot to capture your memories. This IMHO is one of Austin’s best murals.
YOU MAKE MY HEART SING
Threadgill’s, 301 W Riverside Dr
HI, HOW ARE YOU (AKA JEREMIAH THE INNOCENT)
Guadalupe and 21st Streets
“Jeremiah the Innocent,” was originally created at the request of the record store Sound Exchange. You might have seen renditions of this whimsical, bug-eyed bullfrog on T-shirts, and figurines around Austin. But the original can be found on Guadalupe Street, near the University of Texas at Austin campus. Created in 1993 by artist Daniel Johnston, this friendly bullfrog features the words “Hi, How Are You?”
It’s actually the album art for the artist and musician’s 1983 album. The mural was declared a cultural landmark in 2014, and it has been preserved by its current business owner, the Thai food and sushi joint aptly named, Thai, How Are You?
HOW YOU DOIN’
E. 4th & Attayac (corner of E. 4th & Attayac Street)
A simple response to the “Hi, How Are You” mural is the “How You Doin’?” street art. It doesn’t get more straightforward than that.
VEGETARIANS OF THE WORLD
Mr. Natural (1901 E. César Chávez St.)
“Vegetarians of the World” is a 40-foot tall mural on the parking lot side of their 3-story building of restaurant, bakery, and health food store in Austin. The mural reminds us that being a vegetarian is not just a fad. It’s a lifestyle!
1401 South Congress Avenue (Toms Store)
Painted by Austin artist Joe Swecon on the wall of the Toms store on South Congress, the Give mural illustrates the company’s promise to give with every product purchased.
Parking Garage at Brazos Street and Second Street near JW Marriott
While in downtown Austin, stop by for a picture in front of the tallest piece of public artwork in Austin, the 103-foot rainbow mural “Tau Ceti” by Josef Kristofoletti. If you follow the #TauCeti hashtag on Instagram, there are hundreds of cool pictures of this mural in Austin that has become an icon. It is one of the most colorful walls in Austin!
Named for one of the nearest stars to our solar system, “Tau Ceti” is a glorious spectrum of gradient colors and light. Before designing it, Josef Kristofoletti scoped out the walls at different times of the day. “At around 5 o’clock, the light bounces off the glass of the adjacent building and lights up that whole corner like a spotlight. It’s incredible,” he says.
He hopes that when people look up, they’ll think about scale. “If you look out beyond the wall and the sky, you think about how big our universe is,” he says. “I want to connote that feeling of how small and how precious we are on this earth.”
To capture the giant mural, get down low and point your camera towards the top of the building and capture the scale of this colorful Austin mural.
BEST MURALS IN AUSTIN (DOWNTOWN)
601 W 6th St
Howdy Austin from West 6th Street is another iconic Austin Mural! This mural was the winner of a 2016 contest hosted by RideAustin 2016 to promote bike-sharing in the city. Like other Austin murals, it is colorful!
BLUE CREATURES (#SHOPSMALL)
1502 E 6th St
Art by Michael Sieben
BLACK LIVES MATTER, MEXIC-ARTE MUSEUM
419 Congress Ave
Find a Black Lives Matter mural and a Covid 19 theme mural here at the Mexic-Arte Museum, in Austin.
Austin Murals Map
While I have been to Austin a few times, they were just quick Texas weekend trips where I didn’t have time to focus on finding the street art murals. But now that I will be seeing more of Austin since D will be at UT Austin, I plan on finding all the awesome Austin murals!
I hope you find this Austin mural guide & map useful to find all the iconic public street art murals and do your own mural tour.
How to Use This Map: Use your fingers or computer mouse to zoom in on the details. Click the tab in the top left-hand corner of the map to view the layers (places and the driving route). You can click the icons on the map to get more information about each point of interest.
If you click the star next to the title of the map, this map will be added to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on the list.
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