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South Congress Mural to Highlight New Austin

Just in time for SXSW

The bright colors of a fresh, new mural on South Congress caught the eye of Austin-American Statesman photographer Ralph Barrera last Wednesday. Barrera published a photo of the work in progress on the Statesman's photo blog on Thursday, Feb 4.

The mural is emerging on the side of South Congress Books (whose Brett Mourglia the shot above photo) and will also be the March Texas Monthly cover. According to the Statesman, the magazine cover will depict several iconographic Austin places, with the story explaining how the "New Austin" came to be.

Artist MIke Johnston is spearheading the project. Texas Monthly will distribute the magazine during SXSW 2016.

Below is a photo of the mural that the new one is replacing.