AUSTIN -- The “Greetings from Austin” mural on South First Street is so iconic. If you haven’t seen it in person, you’ve probably seen it somewhere else, like on a postcard or even a commercial.
However, this iconic Austin landmark is now crumbling.
“There are sections you can see where big portions are going to chip off more and more,” said artist and building owner Todd Sanders, who helped paint the mural in 1998 on the side of “Roadhouse Relics.”
“I don't think it belongs to me, it belongs to the city of Austin. It belongs to the people,” Sanders told KVUE News.
Sanders, along with Bouldin community resident Troy Madres, is trying to raise $10,000 to restore the painting to its original glory.
The $10,000 would go toward fixing the wall behind the mural since Sanders says the paint can no longer stick to it.
The money will also go toward new landscaping and improved parking near the mural. Any extra money will be donated to the Creative Action organization, a local non-profit that works with youth interested in art. Those teens will also be involved with repainting the “Greetings from Austin” mural, alongside Sanders.
Their plan is to take down the existing mural, redo the wall and then start from scratch.
“If we could just go out there and touch it up we would, but it actually has to be scraped down,” said Sanders.
The big question remains: what will the new mural look like?
Well, true to Austin’s roots, Sanders says he’ll recreate it just as it was before, and hopefully this time it will last a lot longer.
It will take a few weeks to repaint, so Sanders hopes to get it done before the holidays.
KVUE coverage from 1998 when the mural was first installed: