Best Places to See Public Art in Austin

Austin’s unique brand of creativity is on display all around town in the public art you can view in nearly every corner of the city. Seek out sculptures, murals and a new outdoor gallery, all encouraging you to engage and explore Austin’s artistic side. Best of all, they’re free to see! 

TAU CETI MURAL

Tau Ceti Mural.
Instagram: @josefkristo · Facebook: @astrokristo · Website: kristofoletti.com

Inspired by a distant star in the constellation Cetus, Austin’s tallest public artwork has become one of the city’s most popular selfie spots.

HOPE OUTDOOR GALLERY

Hope Outdoor Gallery rendering.
Instagram & Facebook: @hopeoutdoorgallery · Website: hopeoutdoorgallery.com · Photo credit: HOPE.

Opening in 2021, the new location across from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is an open-air park with large-scale public art and cultural events.

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN STATUE

Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue.
Facebook: @helmicksculpture · Website: helmicksculpture.com · Photo credit: @kasandrakeyes.

Stop and see this memorial statue dedicated to one of Austin’s most famous musicians, stationed at Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake.

KEMPELEN’S OWLS

Kempelen's Owls
Instagram & Facebook: @newamericanpublicart · Website: newamericanpublicart.com ·

Look for this quirky pair of 10-foot Texas great horned owls — created by New American Public Art — and find the hidden switch beneath each to activate their rotating heads.

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