New Mural In Progress
Henry Gonzalez, the facilities manager, decided to start over and painted the wall white. However, he was concerned about what would appear next. What if someone considered it a large, public blank canvas?
Thankfully, someone did. Local artist Kerry Awn came to us and said he wanted to paint a mural celebrating Austin comic icons like Wonder Wart Hog, Oat Willie, The Furry Freak Brothers, The Cat, Too Much Coffee Man and others. After seeing the sketches, the same ones seen in this post, the board approved it and our donor funded it.
Kerry began the work about two weeks ago, and it should be completed during the week of March 14. A couple of the guys who worked on the 23rd Street murals will be around that week and they’ll help Kerry put all the fine detailing on it.
The colors look amazing in the natural light, and we love when people come by to watch Kerry paint and take photos. If you have come by, please share your photos with us on the Facebook fan page.
Henry is also getting ready to install the Armadillo World Headquarters beer garden mural (14′ x 30′) just to the left of the new stage mural. Bruce Willenzik had kept the mural panels in a storage unit since January, 1981. He donated the mural to the Center in December 2010.