RESTORATION BEGINS FOR AUSTIN’S MOST ICONIC MURAL Artist Todd Sanders and Rory Skagen team up with nonprofit Creative Action to begin restoration on the “Greetings From Austin” mural
AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 10, 2013 – Restoration of the Greetings from Austin mural is set to begin on October 11th. The restoration — which includes blasting of the original paint, restoration of the mural to its original look, landscaping, and improved lighting — is estimated to take about a month with the rededication ceremony tentatively set for mid November.
This August, Creative Action, Austin’s leading and largest creative learning organization reaching more than 18,000 youth in seven school districts each year, teamed up with Todd Sanders of Roadhouse Relics gallery and community leader Troy Madres to raise over $10,000 to restore the iconic sign. The opening fundraising event was attended by more than 150 friends, neighbors, local business owners, and lovers of the mural. After only three weeks of fundraising, the efforts collected over $10,000 from 90 donors, with an average donation of $112. “We were really blown away by the generosity of the community,” said Troy Madres, a member of the Bouldin Creek community and one of the driving forces behind the restoration.
While most donations were small in size, this fundraising effort received larger donations from business and government organizations, such as Plains Capital Corporation and Bank, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Torchy’s Tacos, and Wendy Papasan Real Estate.
Original artists Todd Sanders and Rory Skagen will restore the mural with the help of Creative Action’s Color Squad, a collective of young artists who work under the guidance of professional artists to research, design, and install murals, sculptures, and installations aimed at transforming public spaces.
Said Todd Sanders, one of the original artists and building owner, “Austin has done a tremendous job supporting the arts, and in particular public art. I hope that the restoration of the mural is an opportunity to talk about how important public art is to the identity of a city.”
Said Karen LaShelle, Executive Director of Creative Action, “This project provides a perfect opportunity for our youth to learn from a professional artist, engage with their city, and witness the power of public art.”
ABOUT ROADHOUSE RELICS: An Austin, Texas–based gallery of the neon artist Todd Sanders. Using durable, modern materials and specialized weathering techniques, he creates and sells unique neon art, custom vintage-style signs, retro neon décor, and much more. For more information about Roadhouse Relics, visitroadhouserelics.com, become a fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RoadhouseRelicsTX or follow on Twitter @RoadhouseRelics.
ABOUT CREATIVE ACTION:Austin’s leading and largest creative learning organizationwith the mission to spark and support the academic, social and emotional development of young people through interactive classroom performances, after-school arts residencies, and community-based programs. For more information about Creative Action, visit creativeaction.org, become a fan on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/CreativeActionAustin or follow on Twitter @CreativeATX.