Surrounded by Creativity


Downtown Austin seemed to experience a little burst of creativity over the recent holidays. This structure of recycled bottles was left at Auditorium Shores after the Austin’s New Year celebration on December 31. I haven’t been over that way during this cold, damp weather, but I suspect the display has been removed by now.


This life-size sculpture of a runner was recently installed on Cesar Chavez Street, near the Buford Tower. I assume City of Austin employees were involved, but I don’t know for sure.


This candy-cane treatment of a bench on the pedestrian bridge over Lady Bird Lake is very clever. I assume City of Austin employees were not involved in this creative effort, so I will be curious to see if the bench gets repainted in the near future.


I am happy to report that new graffiti again adorns the railroad bridge. I like the retro Pacman theme and the defiant message: “NEVER GIVE UP.” Many of us were sad when the previous graffiti was mysteriously painted over, but “FOCUS ONE POINT AND BREATHE” and “LET’S PRETEND WE ARE ROBOTS” are still immortalized on the side of a food trailer on Rainey Street. Hopefully this latest mural will survive on the bridge for a long time.

4 thoughts on “Surrounded by Creativity

  1. I am currently working on a college assignment regarding the “NEVER GIVE UP” Pac-Man mural. I had a a couple questions regarding the mural:
    The date you took the picture?
    How much do you know about the mural?

    Thank you kindly

    • I took this photo in December 2012. I do not know who created the mural, but I remember that it was painted around that time and replaced a previous mural that had been painted over by the railroad company. You might find this information useful.

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