Placing, colourful and undeniably eye-catching, the College Co-Op’s “Austintatious” mural stretches throughout the shop’s exterior on the nook of twenty third St. An everlasting testomony to Austin’s distinctive tradition, the mural’s particulars embrace metropolis landmarks, live performance venues and a portrait of Stephen F. Austin cradling an armadillo.
Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary on April 1, metropolis council member Zohaib “Zo” Qadri led a commemoration of the mural and welcomed the return of the paintings’s three unique artists — UT artwork alumni Kerry Awn, Rick Turner and Tommy Bauman.
“(In 1970), Austin is the place all of the inventive folks from Texas got here, all of the individuals who have been referred to as weirdos of their hometowns,” Awn mentioned. “Every part was occurring right here; it was the place to be for artists.”
Awn, Turner and Bauman mentioned UT drew them in with its surroundings, inexpensive tuition and liberal status. After working collectively as college students and impressed by California’s social murals, the group of associates determined to color a bit devoted to town they got here to like.
Though the three artists didn’t anticipate the mural to realize recognition amongst college students and Austin locals, Awn mentioned he feels proud that the group’s artistry represents a former period of Austin.
“All of us had just a little drawing of the downtown areas and the neighborhoods that have been there, however we nonetheless didn’t know what it was gonna seem like,” Awn mentioned. “We have been simply amusing ourselves, looking for different folks like us. We thought that college students shouldn’t should go to a museum or gallery in New York to see artwork. It needs to be proper right here on the road.”
Tiffany Dodd, a rhetoric and writing senior, mentioned the mural first struck her throughout a highschool journey to Austin with associates.
“The primary time I noticed the mural, it was so completely different from the paintings in my small hometown,” Dodd mentioned. “Colourful and vibrant, artsy and unique — I knew then that Austin was the place I needed to be.”
Artwork schooling sophomore Olivia Aranda mentioned she thinks “Austintatious” represents the very best of Austin’s enduring, colourful and various artwork scene.
“Austin artwork is sort of a melting pot,” Aranda mentioned. “You may see Hispanic artwork, conventional avenue artwork and graffiti artwork. Austin doesn’t have an outlined (artwork) type; the artwork tradition right here could be very free. The portray can be very free. Its intimate perspective and stylization is typical of the seventies and at the moment.”
Whereas the Austin artwork scene continues to alter with every decade, Awn mentioned younger artists and their aspirations ought to stay the identical.
“Simply preserve doing what you’re doing,” Awn mentioned. “It’s enjoyable to strive writing, music or portray. Perhaps fifty years from now you’ll get a plaque. By some means your piece will turn into part of the tradition.”