The HOPE: Ephemeral Free Graffitti & Street Art Painting Space – April 2015

Hope Outdoor Gallery, better known to Austin residents as Castle Hill, is a three story abandoned building foundation that has become a mecca for street artists. It has been utilized as a place for painters to practice and/or show off they’re latest works for years, but in 2011 it became a legally sponsored free painting zone.

The work is ever changing. New work is sprayed, wheat-pasted or brush painted on and over every surface at all times of day and night. This ephemeral quality is what makes street art an ongoing fascination for it’s many fans. On any given day the grounds will be sprinkled with people photographing the art and each other. Sometimes you’ll find people stopping to eat or read. Although the ground is unsteady and littered with caps, cigarettes and broken bottles all of which are uninviting, the space seems to encourage welcome-ness and equality to its broad range of visitors.Those who don’t normally stop to look at Graf are bombarded by its messages and images and the writers who would be passed unnoticed on the street can talk about what and why they paint. 

In April of 2015 I shot the following pictures of art spotted at or around the site. I posed next to one painting so viewers can get a sense of the scope and scale of the paintings.  IMG_6594 IMG_6595 IMG_6596 IMG_6597 IMG_6598 IMG_6599 IMG_6600 IMG_6601 IMG_6602 IMG_6603 IMG_6604 IMG_6605 IMG_6606 IMG_6607 IMG_6608 IMG_6609 IMG_6610 IMG_6611 IMG_6612 IMG_6613  IMG_6616 IMG_6617 IMG_6618

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