Weird and wacky, colorful and creative—that’s Austin for you. Explore any of its neighborhoods and you’re bound to stumble on an ever-changing gallery of murals and street art. Whether an ode to the city of Austin, a play on words or a unique cartoon character, some of these public works of art have become beloved icons in the capital city. Stop by a few of the most famous pieces to snap a picture.
Austin musician Tje Austin at the I love you so much mural. Credit Annie Ray.
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 - known for its sweet Iced Turbo coffee, mouthwatering tacos and unparalleled people-watching - the “I love you so much” mural is perhaps Austin’s most well-known. In fact, this simple yet timeless message attracts such a following that there’s sometimes a line to take a picture in front of it.
Pro Tip: To beat the crowds, make this your first destination of the day, and be sure to grab a cuppa joe from Jo’s while you’re here.
Greetings from Austin
1720 S. First St.
Like a vibrant postcard you can step into, the iconic “Greetings from Austin” mural welcomes visitors to the South Austin neighborhood.
Get the Shot: Stand between the painted capitol building and the word “Capitol” and have someone take your picture to capture the entire iconic image.
You’re My Butter Half
2000 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
What fun is a picture with your sweetheart if you’re not going to get a little corny? Take your beloved to this pun-tastic, picture-perfect mural in East Austin for a sweeter-than-sweet shot.
Pose Perfect: Stand between the fluffy slice of bread and the melty cube of butter (right beneath the heart!) to strike a pose.
Hi, How Are You Mural. Credit Carmen M. Fischer.
Hi, How Are You - Jeremiah the Innocent
Guadalupe and 21st Streets
You might have noticed renditions of this whimsical, bug-eyed bullfrog on T-shirts, socks and figurines around town. 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?”
Do It Right: Eat lunch at the cleverly named Thai, How Are You? restaurant, and then walk around the corner to snap a picture of this beloved creature painted on its side wall.
Before I Die...
206 E. Elizabeth St.
What do you hope to accomplish in your lifetime? Have you got a dream you’ve never shared before? Now is the time.
Make the Most of It: Pick up a piece of chalk and add your own life goal to this fill-in-the-blank, interactive piece located just a couple blocks from South Congress Avenue. Then, snap a picture to share your dream with the world.
Hope Outdoor Gallery
11th and Baylor Streets
Immerse yourself in larger-than-life murals at this famous graffiti garden in the West Sixth area. The multi-level, park-like space features a rotating collection of artwork from all skill levels and walks of life.
Practical Know-How: Make sure to wear your tennis shoes to explore the many steps and surfaces painted on the hill, and then pick your favorite for a picture.