Few hours before my flight back to the bay area, we stopped by Austin’s HOPE Outdoor Gallery and little did I know, this place was filled with amazing art and culture. With just a simple can of spray paint and a concrete wall, artists are creating things that wasn’t there before to convey a message to the public. What is also charming about this place is that nothing is permanent; as we were checking out all the murals, there were groups of other graffiti artists painting over previous creations with something completely new and different.
The fact that all of these creations are just temporary (even if it may have taken someone hours to complete it) makes them more valuable. It reminds me of the sand mandalas the buddhist monks create, which takes them weeks to months to finish for a celebration, only to wash it all down a river – it symbolizes a concept in life that nothing is truly permanent. What may just look like a colorful explosion is also someone’s creative expression and I think it’s amazing that it can be preserved here (to some-what degree) for others to admire.
It’s exciting to think that the next time I visit this site, things may look completely different as many other graffiti artists will come by and paint over everything that is captured in my photos from my first visit.