Friday, September 23, 2016

The Hope Outdoor Gallery

Who is ready to see some art in Austin at a true “Keep Austin Weird” Art Gallery.  Head on down to the Hope Outdoor Gallery.   This is a paint park located in downtown Austin.  It was created in 2011 to give muralists, street artists, arts education classes groups the opportunity to display large scale art pieces.  It is one of the Top 10 Artistic destinations in Texas.  It colorful and free so why not come out an expose your kids to street art.   We parked across the street and walked up to this 3 story graffiti park.   Once at the park you realize it is very large.  You need to climb up the side dirt hill to get to the top of the park and see all the art.   Wear sneakers and this will take some effort for small children but my 4 year old in sandals made it.  There is a lot of profanity painted over the murals.  I know some parents would not want their young ones to see that.  From the top there is a nice skyline view of Austin.

The website noted that this gallery is on private property and you need to register to participate, however on the Sunday we went there were many people spraying their names or sayings over and destroying the art.   This is not allowed but also not enforced either.   The smell of spray paint is everywhere and it is dirty and everything and I mean everything is has been painted.   The art is constantly changing.   I thought it was pretty.   My 8 year old daughter and I had fun climbing and discovering different art on the different levels.   Her favorite was this emoji art.

To participate in the project you should email:   To paint a mural you need to fill out a form, show an ID, submit a sketch of the art intended, and sign a waiver.   Once approved artists are given a HOPE Paint Pass.   Then you are told where you can paint.  This mural was done by Lena.    

There are some artists at the bottom you can buy inexpensive art.   Also there were benches in the front in the shade for those that do not want to climb to the top.  Small children might not enjoy this and it is pretty dirty.  It only takes about 30 minutes to climb up and walk around and see this one of a kind art gallery. 

The hours of the park are 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM – the park is closed after dark.

We saw one almost untouched mural that was made by first year medial students from Dell Medical School and Austin graffiti artists Mez Data and Truth.   They created this mural to celebrate partnership between Austin and the school.

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