Artful Austin, Texas

I just spent the last few days on an explore of Austin, Texas with family.  Having never been there before I was curious about the culture of the city having heard it mimics Portland, Oregon, the area where I reside.  Both cities sport “Keep Portland Weird” and Keep Austin Wierd” slogans.  I think Portland gets the credit on that one.  In the short time I was there I would say that Austin was like Portland with more torn edges and a cowboy overlay.  Substitute evergreen trees for oaks.  Portland is artsy but Austin exudes art to the extreme.  Street art is everywhere from graffiti to spectacular murals.

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The city library did not dissapoint with its edgy architecture, art installations and its current art exhibit “Testament Project” by Kris Graves.

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Green space is in abundance as well.  We had a chance to stop by Barton Springs, a popular swimming spot and the Zilker Botanical Garden.  So many things to see, too little time.  I will have to go back.

 

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