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Aoki and Mouf

While snapping pics at Castle Hill I see a bearded 30-something in an Obey jacket walks up with a dog, a paint bucket, a roll brush and a basket of spray paint bottles. He looks like he knows something about street art so I strike up a conversation and he tells me about all the big “writers” in the Austin area and the ones that have passed through and left their mark on Castle Hill. I realized that, considering his knowledge and the collection of paint he’s toting, he might be among the artists he had just named, so I asked him his street name and if he has any pieces at Castle Hill. He tells me to call him “Mouf” and starts claiming the most impressive pieces there as his. He works with another street artist called Lucas Aoki so they are the first two artists I’d like to feature from my visit to Castle Hill.

Location: 11th and Baylor St.


Castle Hill: Street Art Mecca

I went to Einstein’s the other day at 12th and Lamar, but couldn’t find a parking spot so I had to do some driving around. I ended up going up 11th to Baylor St…all I wanted was a place to park but I got so much more. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had stumbled upon the biggest collection of street art in Austin. In front of the castle on the hill, which by the way is owned by Dick Clark Architecture, sits the foundation of an abandoned condo project. Once referred to as “the Foundation” this site is now officially called “The Hope Outdoor Gallery Project.” Amazing¬†graffiti¬†by well-known “writers” such as Shepard Fairey (who created all the Obey images and Obama’s Hope poster) and Jasone.Co covers every inch of the multi-tiered concrete walls. I plan to dedicate the next few posts to featuring some of the artists and their pieces.



Photo by Crystal Ashmore

Location: 11th and Baylor St.