Art All Around Us

See the mural that's bringing one Austin neighborhood together

See the mural that's bringing one Austin neighborhood together

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make it such a vibrant and creative city.

Murals are all over Austin. Some have become icons to keeping Austin weird, like Daniel Johnston’s “Hi, How Are You” frog, while some are simple and sweet messages like Jo’s “I love you so much” tag. Now, off North Lamar Boulevard between Payton Gin Road and Rundberg Lane, the residents of this self-proclaimed “International District” are taking Austin’s mural tradition to another canvas: fences. 

The Beauty Will Save The World project aims to bring together residents in an artistic endeavor, while making this stretch of road “more awesome” for all who travel on it. The phrase is currently written in three languages, and neighbors are invited to join in, pick up a brush, and get to know each other while painting these beautiful fences. 

Next time you’re stuck in traffic on North Lamar, look around and take in the view as these community artists continue to save the world through beauty.

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Beauty will save the world mural
"Beauty will save the world" in Croatian. Beauty Will Save the World Project/Tumblr