How did Austin fare on a list of the world’s best street art cities?

Olivia Henley and Kari Wright celebrate their love near the ‘You’re My Butter Half’ mural on East Martin Luther King Boulevard.


From the “I Love You So Much” mural to the “You’re My Butter Half” artwork and hundreds of paintings in between, our city is wrapped in a colorful layer of street art.

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So how does it compare to other urban canvases?

Edward Flores jumps in front of the mural outside Mud Puppies off of East Riverside Drive. (Family photo)

Bombing Science, a website devoted to all things graffiti, recently posted a list of the 99 best destinations for graffiti and street art, based on how many people in each location used the hashtag #graffiti on Instagram.

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Not surprisingly, New York City, London and Paris took the top three spots. But Austin made a respectable showing, coming in at number 25 worldwide. And the best way to see our art is via bicycle.

A mural in East Austin celebrates coffee. DEBORAH CANNON/American-Statesman

The only American cities besides New York that ranked higher were Los Angeles (6), Miami (10), San Francisco (14), and Chicago (21). Austin topped the only other Texas cities to make the list, too – Dallas (62) and Houston (43).

To see the whole list, go here.

This mural is hidden inside of a downtown parking garage. (Photo by Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman)

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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