Austin is known for its live music, delicious food, and funky vibe. But did you know it's also home to some amazing murals? If you're in Austin be sure to check out these murals that are sure to make your trip even more memorable.
Tau Ceti is a mural at the intersection of East 2nd & Brazos in downtown Austin. The piece was created by artist Josef Kristofoletti and measures 10 stories tall, or 100 feet, making it one of the city's largest murals.
The beautiful design features intense colors that evoke a prismatic effect on the building's surface. It can be best viewed from ground level or from above but good luck getting one of the rooms that overlook the mural at the JW Marriott.
The title comes from its inspiration: a star named Tau Ceti in the constellation Cetus (the whale). According to NASA, this particular star system is about 12 light years away from Earth and has five planets orbiting around it.
"Hi, how are you?" is a mural by the late Daniel Johnston. It was originally painted for the now-closed Sound Exchange record store in Austin, Texas and depicts a large frog (the bullfrog named Jeremiah) greeting visitors with a cheerful question. The artwork was derived from one of Johnston's earlier albums that he designed himself as part of the cover art. The mural was saved from demolition in 2004 and declared a cultural landmark by the Austin City Council in 2014.
If you're looking for a photo op, this is one of the best! The minimalist design makes for an attractive backdrop for couples to take a selfie, and plenty of Instagrammers agree. The mural was created by Austin artist Charlie Copp in 2016. It's located on the side of Prima Dora gift shop on South Congress.
The well known "i love you so much" mural began as an apology. Located on the side of Jo's Coffee, a popular South Congress coffee shop, this mural was painted by Amy Cook in 2010 after she and her partner Liz Lambert had a fight and Amy took a can of red spray paint and wrote "i love you so much" on the exterior wall so that when Liz opened up the next day she would see it. The words became such an attraction for locals that it became one of Austin’s most beloved photo spots.
The mural "Greetings from Austin" was painted in 1997, and it's still holding strong to the city's love of the weird. The piece is by artists Rory Skagen and Bill Brakhage, who both had a hand in creating the quirky masterpiece. A real postcard from the Capitol building was used as inspiration for this mural with its bold lettering and cartoonish imagery that has made it one of the most popular spots for tourists and locals alike.
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