I love taking photos of graffiti and public art while I am traveling and here at home. The graffiti wall in Austin Texas has been around for several years but I only just stumbled upon it last year.
Hope Outdoor Gallery is located at Baylor and 11th Street in central Austin. The location is a former construction site with several sections of the concrete foundation that provide the canvas for the graffiti artists.
The location is also known as Castle Hill – in the photo below you can see a portion of the castle – formerly the Texas Military Institute and now home to Castle Hill Partners – the private owners of the space known as the graffiti wall or Hope Outdoor Gallery.
Castle Hill Partners agreed in 2011 to allow the Outdoor Gallery Project to paint artwork on the walls. The work was later tagged and painted over by local graffiti artists and piles of trash collected on the site. It was at risk of being closed to the public and no trespassing signs were posted for a time. The signs are gone now and the site has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in Austin.
Artists can sign up to paint – there was an information booth at the site when I visited the park in January this year.
There are several sponsors of the Hope Outdoor Gallery including Austin Resource Recovery which aims to “turn waste into resources while keeping our community clean”. I did notice several trash and recycling containers at the site.
I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of Hope Outdoor Gallery graffiti park in Austin Texas.
Address: 1101 Baylor Street (nearest corner: 11th St), downtown Austin
Hours: daily 7AM – 9PM
Admission Cost: FREE
How to Get There: Bus #4 or #338