For over forty years,
Austinites and visitors alike have enjoyed the murals painted by
Austintatious Artists Kerry Awn, tommyb, and Rick Turner on the walls of
the University Coop at the Renaissance Market at 23rd Street and
these beloved artworks have been defaced by unknown vandals. The
University Coop estimates a restoration cost of at least $30,000, but
lacks the funds to complete a restoration.
We, the original artists,
have taken the responsibility to create a crowdsourcing campaign in
order to return these two murals to their former glory. Our goal is to completely restore both the murals (Austintatious mural 1974 and the Tejas mural 2003). These murals have been a part of the fabric of Austin for
40 years and have come to represent the link between the olde Austin
and the new Austin of today. They are a living history book documenting
our city and state and have stood the test of time but are due for a
make over. This not only
includes repainting the vandalized areas, but also repairing stucco
damage, faded and cracked paint, and an application of a fresh
The restoration of both murals is expected to take 10 weeks. The restoration is planned to begin on March 15, 2014, and continue until June 1st, if there is sufficient funding.
- We will first clean, power wash and repair the walls as they have cracked and been damaged over time.
- We will completely repaint both murals ( Austintatious = 608 sq. ft. Tejas = 1078 sq. ft.) to their original brilliance.
- We will add, update and refresh the murals. We can’t help it…we love to paint.
- When finished painting, we will seal both murals with the proper sealant to insure us from future damage.
- The University Co op will insure proper lighting of the area and install video cameras for future safety.
Come by and watch the artists at work, see the progress and meet the artists. We want these murals to last another 40 years.
Keeping Austintatious weird since1974
Painted in 1974, retouched in 1982 and 2002
The damage done...