HOPE Outdoor Gallery (The Grafitti Park)
Overall Rating: 10 Good for: ages 15+ Time Spent: 1 hour
The HOPE Outdoor Gallery is a place I’ve visited more than a few times in my relatively short lifetime, and it will always be one of my favorite places to be. Affectionately (and appropriately) nicknamed The Grafitti Park, HOPE took over an abandoned development project in downtown Austin and is now home to hundreds of layers of spray paint, and the love of locals and foreigners alike.
HOPE Gallery is the only art display of its kind the United States. It is for everyone and open to everyone. You’re welcome to bring spray paint and leave your mark on the wall, the ground, the grass, wherever. Artists use it to display their favorite quotes, support for sports teams, doodles, political statements, and much, much more. They pour their souls into these works of art on the walls for the entirety of Austin to see and it is absolutely stunning. You will never find anything like it anywhere else. The most fascinating aspect of this park is its constant change. It is so popular with artists that it will be completely refaced in less than a day. Every day. It will never be the same gallery that you left.
It is absolutely free to go, but it probably not best for small children. It is an unfinished building, so there are uneven surfaces, places to fall off of, and pipes sticking out of the ground. There’s also profanity allllll over the place, be careful. You should be warned: Parking Sucks
I can’t think of any more words to describe HOPE Outdoor Gallery, so I’ve left you with a slide show, for you to discover it for yourself.