Austin (KXAN) - Visitors find decades of Austin history at Todd Sanders' Roadhouse Relics gallery on South 1st Street. He displays an old sign from the Barton Creek Pool and neon pieces from restaurants that have helped put Austin on the map.
However, nothing at his gallery is as well-known as the "Greetings From Austin" mural. Sanders painted it on a wall at his gallery along with two others in 1998.
"We had no idea that it would become the iconic part of Austin's landscape that it is now," said Artist Todd Sanders. "I'm very proud of that."
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In its fifteen years, the mural has been on postcards, t-shirts, in dozens of commercials and in thousands of photos.
"Right around Christmas there's a line of really well dressed people in a line waiting to take pictures," said Sanders. "It's really funny. I take a lot of them, because they'll ask will you take a picture of both of us?"
After years of attention, the mural's paint is peeling, and it is hard to make out some of the Austin landmarks it highlights. Todd is teaming up with an arts nonprofit, Creative Action, whose teenage volunteers will help bring this famous piece back to life.
"What better way for them to get started on their program than to work on one of the most iconic murals in the city?" said community supporter Troy Madres.
It needs to be stripped, prepped, primed and repainted. Sanders and the community fundraisers believe all of the work will cost around $10,000 dollars. All involved in the restoration effort hope the art can keep greeting all who visit Austin for another 15 years.
Fundraisers hope people will make tax-deductible donations to the restoration efforts online.
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