Austin’s popular graffiti art park will move from its current downtown-adjacent site to a permanent home soon.
The HOPE Outdoor Gallery will move to Carson Creek Ranch, officials with the non-profit HOPE Events have announced.
Carson Creek Ranch, is a privately-owned 58-acre event facility in southeast Austin which hosts the Euphoria and Levitation festivals among others.
The new six-acre HOPE Outdoor Gallery will include an extended network of walls available for artist installations as well as visitor parking and amenities.
Currently, the graffiti park is on Baylor Street on an abandoned 1980s development on a steep hillside overlooking downtown Austin. It averages about 500 visitors a day yet lacks any visitor accommodations and is bordered by narrow neighborhood streets.
The graffiti art site began when Andi Scull Cheatham, founder and executive producer of the non-profit HOPE Events, approached the property’s then-owner Vic Ayad, a principal with Castle Hill Partners, about letting artists with the HOPE campaign use the abandon foundation walls for six months.
HOPE Outdoor Gallery was ofﬁcially launched in March 2011 during SXSW with the support of artist Shepard Fairey. Its resounding popularity led Ayad and Cheatham to continue the collaboration and the Baylor Street site of stepped concrete walls quickly became one of the most photographed and selfied sites in Austin, popularly covered in local and national media.
“We had no idea that a temporary art experiment would become so well loved, so internationally recognized, and so needed in our culture and city,” said Cheatham.
HOPE Events, which is also behind the HOPE Farmers Market at Plaza Saltillo, staged community and programs at the graffiti park. It’s cost Ayad over $75,000 annually to let the art park continue. Recently Ayad sold the Baylor Street property to Mid-City Development.
Construction on the new art park at Carson Creek Ranch is scheduled to begin in early 2018 with a projected opening at end of 2018.
Designed by architects Chioco Design the new art park includes an expansive network of walls, which, from above, display the word HOPE as a visible sign to planes flying into nearby Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.