A field guide to rock & roll art in Austin

Among our heavy schedule of drinking margaritas,eating queso, and hanging out on our hotel’s rooftop pool, Amanda and I have done a LOT of walking, some of which was purposeful, and some of which was not. We’ve stumbled into a lot of fine art that befits the Live Music Capital of the World.

This Joan Jett one, by Shepard Fairey, is my favorite. It’s at 304 W. 4th St.

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Willie Nelson. It was unveiled on 4-20, 2012, just after 4:20 pm, which was allegedly a coincidence. A coincidence LIKE A FOX. Rumor has it that Willie keeps a pot stash hidden somewhere in the statue in case of zombie apocalypse. I assume it’s a false rumor…but you never know Willie. (“Gotta be prepared,” my dad said when I texted him the picture.) Willie Nelson Blvd. (2nd St.) and Lavaca.Image

This place is a design studio now, but I assume it used to be a club. Did I angle it this way specifically to get Prince’s beautiful tiny face in the picture? Maaaaaybe… even if it did mean I missed out on a fine likeness of Sam Beam’s beard. 612 W. 4th St.

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Johnny Cash. I didn’t pay attention to where these things were at the time, so I’ve had to Google all the locations. Most sites I can find just say “Rio Grande, just below 6th Street.”

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There’s a Stevie Ray Vaughan statue in a park next to Lady Bird Lake that I didn’t photograph, but I DID voluntarily hike through for at least 2 miles, so…there’s that. It’s probably worth a check-out if you’re in Austin and into him, which I am not, particularly. I’m waiting for Britt Daniel’s likeness to be cast in bronze.

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