Graffiti Park at Castle Hills or the HOPE Outdoor Gallery~Austin TX

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Graffiti Park at Castle Hills or the Hope Outdoor Gallery

In Austin our motto is “Keep Austin Weird!”  Graffiti Park at Castle Hills or the official name HOPE Outdoor Gallery fits perfectly in this mantra. Graffiti artists have to take risks when applying their craft illegally but there is one well- known place in Austin where graffiti is legal!

The park is not a public City of Austin Park, its private property owned by the Castle Hill Partners (an investment firm that operates out of the castle that sits on West 11th Street above the gallery). Castle Hill Partners has no plans for the property for at least 2 years, but rest assured at some point the property will be developed.

The HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere campaign) made a proposal in 2011 to the Castle Hill Partners to allow artists to work on the abandoned construction site.

The HOPE Outdoor Gallery opened in 2011 during South by Southwest with an inaugural mural by the artist Shepard Fairey..famous for his iconic Andre the Giant Has a Posse and the 2008 Barack Obama “Hope” image. The gallery has taken on a life of its own and Fairey’s mural has now been covered over by more recent artists work.

The HOPE Outdoor Gallery is located on Baylor Street just off of North Lamar. The view of the Austin skyline is awesome at the top of the Hope Outdoor Gallery!

The three-story-tall abandoned construction site has many flat concrete surfaces for the street arts to create their work. It’s amazing to find every inch is filled with a constantly changing array of tags, murals, messages and wheat paste pieces (basically posters printed in advance and affixed to a wall with a homemade glue of flour and wheat).

Artists have been very ingenious…even a young high school student commissioned an artist to create a “Promposal” on the wall to ask his date to the prom!

Many artists do create large elaborate pieces at the Hope Gallery which may survive many weeks or months before someone else comes along. You never know what artwork you will see…the landscape is always evolving!

As always Austin unique venues and events are brought to you as a courtesy by Dorie Dillard of Coldwell Banker United Realtors; your NW Austin Real Estate professional.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dorie. I love it, 'keep Austin Weird." i think I remember writing about this once before. Terrific.

Aug 29, 2014 11:26 PM #1
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Dorie: This is such a great idea and a wonderful opportunity for local artists to strut their stuff. I love all the creativity!

Aug 29, 2014 11:46 PM #2
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Dorie, I've never seen something like this, very cool! Great chance for local artists to showcase their talent!

Aug 30, 2014 02:01 AM #3
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Portland stole your line - you probably are aware of that - wonder who is weirder when all is said and done? I know Portland can be pretty weird. Lol.

Aug 30, 2014 02:35 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Sheila: Thank you!

Hi Anita: It is fun stuff!

Hi Amanda: It is a great chance for the local artists!

Hi Debb: So can Austin:).

Aug 30, 2014 03:09 AM #5
Marshall Enterprises
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Antiques, Lawn Care, and Trashouts

What a great way to keep Austin Weird, Dorie.  And, how appropriate that the first mural was featured during SWSW festival.  I hope people in your area will have a chance to check it out over the long weekend.  And, I hope you are enjoying your long weekend.  

Aug 30, 2014 03:23 AM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

This week-end there is a lot going on in Austin with the UT football game and the Labor Day festivities! Have a good one yourself!

Aug 30, 2014 05:35 AM #7
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Dorie ...Austin is a great place to live ....I can attest to that since I lived there 84-86 ....Although I'm totally a TENNESSEE VOL fan I did go to a couple of Longhorn games!

Have a great night in AUSTIN!

Aug 30, 2014 10:12 AM #8
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I love this....creative expression at its finest !

Aug 30, 2014 10:06 PM #9
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

The "Keep Austin weird" is probably why it is the only city in Texas that I can relate too! I think the grafitti parks are a great venue for the artist to express themselves in a positive way. Basquait started out as one

Aug 31, 2014 02:35 AM #10
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Hi Dorie... What a wonderful creative idea! Like several above, it is a positive way to creat public expression. Smart marketing too by the Castle Hill Partners. A creative way to keep the real estate visible and something fun for the community. I like it!

Aug 31, 2014 06:24 AM #11
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Rob: Thanks for commenting! You lived in Austin when I moved her (I moved here in 1980).

Hi Sally: So true!

How Marco: Thanks for commenting!

Hi Rene: It is a creative idea and glad Castle Hill Partners agreed to let the artists express themselves!

Aug 31, 2014 09:00 PM #12
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

What a neat idea and a great place, Dorie!  Austin is a city that has so much to offer.

Aug 31, 2014 09:14 PM #13
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