The Graffiti Park
The Hope Outdoor Gallery, also known as Graffiti Park at Castle Hills, also known as Baylor Street Art Wall, is an incredible 3-4 multi-level tier display of murals, graffiti, wall art, and street art. Austin’s Graffiti Park is an explosion of talented graffiti artists faithfully creating and recreating mind-blowing and jaw-dropping street art.
Throughout the day you can see artists hard at work creating murals and masterpieces before your very eyes. Many of the artists dedicate their time and talents to bring even more beauty and animation to Austin. The wall paintings are lively and full of character. The murals tell vivid stories to visitors and express the artist’s raw emotions, range and personality.
The artists showcase new work on a daily basis. You likely will not see the graffiti park look the same twice. The talent and creativity portrayed by each artist are manifold. The paintings and stories are widespread and ever-changing. Oftentimes you can converse with the artists while they are creating their newest art piece, and they will share with you their inspiration for the mural.
The Graffiti Park overlooks downtown Austin. We were here for dusk and got to see the sunset over downtown Austin and the Grafitti Park. Please note, parking is slim to none. We lucked up and caught street parking, but that took time and a great deal of patience. It is a tight fit in this area and there is literally no place to park that doesn’t have no parking signs. Be prepared to wait it out, go round in circles, and possibly walk a ways back once you do.
The Graffiti Park was packed with people. Some were painting the walls with spray cans and others hanging out all along the different tiers. You can bring your own spray paint and add your mark or be like me and find a can lying around on the ground. Just be mindful of the existing work that other artists have labored perfecting their crafts.
You may want to do some light stretching if you plan to make it all the way to the top. I believe I did some climbing and hiking and a lot of sliding back down. I’d suggest you also wear boots or tennis shoes because you’re on your own as far as getting around.
I explored each tier and I was fascinated by the attention to detail and professionalism on most things. There are some things not as professional and fall along the lines of tagging. Some of the art is pretty raw and others are more refined. I find art in everything so I still could appreciate even these pieces.
The Graffiti Park is a pretty hip spot to be. It is hipster-inspired and so very Austin. There are tables set up with some artists selling work. Some of the artists have their boom boxes and are just jamming out spreading good vibes all around.
There are some massive pieces that really left me breathless. I truly love art that evokes emotions and tells stories. It was great to see so many artists here working on their crafts. We got some incredible sunset photographs. The backdrops at the park are amazing. There are so many colors here it’s just terrific! The views from the varying look out points are stunning as you can see Austin in all its glory.
Before heading out we got to talk with one of the artists who had just completed his masterpiece that day. It was the story of the woman in the sky who was deeply in love with the man of the mountains. She left the heavens to find her one true love on the earth. He didn’t need to explain it though. The art spoke for itself and told me it’s story. The piece was deeply moving.
The views from the bottom of the park are inspiring and the views once making it to the top are just tremendous!
And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!
With All My love,
The Vintage Gypsy
“She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”