Contemporary artist Shepard Fairey helped launch Austin’s eye-popping Hope Outdoor Gallery in 2011. Five years later it has become one of the Top 10 Artistic destinations in Texas.
The insanely elaborate mishmash of art is mind-boggling upon arrival.
This is the United States only paint park created to give muralists, street artists, art classes and community groups a place to display large scale works.
You can’t just grab a can of spray paint and set your imagination free. This is private property and you have to have a HOG Paint Pass to participate legally.
Expressing your creativity requires submitting a mock-up of your project and a pledge to respect the neighbors and existing art. You can mime without a permit.
Artists and volunteers aren’t allowed after dark. Every surface is fair game, including the mailboxes and fences of adjacent homes. I’m pretty sure some partying and freelance tagging happens during the night.
We loved this place and would definitely recommend scoping it out when you’re in Austin. It’s a constantly changing work in progress.