Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue

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Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue

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The SRV statue is Austin’s way of paying tribute to the talented musician!
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What everyone knows

Most people know Stevie Ray Vaughan was an amazing Blue’s guitarist who died way too young in a helicopter crash.

What they don't tell you

Conspiracy theorists say that the sidewalk leading to the statue resembles a giant Vox Teardrop guitar, from a birds-eye perspective. At the south end of the sidewalk (near Riverside Dr.) You will notice six concrete structures that represent tuning knobs, as well as 22 slabs of concrete heading north down the sidewalk toward the statue, which represent the spaces on the fretboard on the guitar. Not to mention the six rows of roses in the garden, directly in front of the statue, which represents the six strings on the guitar. However, Stevie Ray Vaughan did not use this type of guitar.

Do it like a local

The SRV statue is in a prime location to take amazing pictures of Austin’s downtown skyline overlooking Lady Bird Lake.

For the History Buffs

In 1994, a bronze statue sculpted by artist Ralph Helmick commemorating the life and music of singer/songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan was erected.  This 8 foot tall statue can be found along the shore of Lady Bird Lake across the lake from the downtown Austin Public Library, and about 100 yards away from Auditorium Shores - the site of numerous concerts by SRV.  It has become a large tourist attraction where you can find flowers and other devotions at its base.

The blues legend perished in a helicopter crash a half mile away from the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI, where he performed in a superstar jam finale with brother Jimmie, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy at the outdoor venue 40 miles southwest of Milwaukee.  The helicopter was bound for Chicago and Vaughan, the pilot and three members of Eric Clapton's entourage were killed instantly. SRV was only 35 years old.

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