HOPE Outdoor Gallery plans for relocation

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s become an iconic spot for many Austin residents over the years. But HOPE Outdoor Gallery, the popular graffiti park on Baylor Street, will soon be moving, according to an announcement posted to the site’s Facebook page Friday.

On Saturday Marc Ordonez was visiting the art wall from El Paso.

“I honestly think it’s a really cool thing,” he said as he spray painted an eye over older layers of graffiti. “I think more communities should have something like this. It’s a great way for people to express themselves.”

Aly McBean was also painting at the gallery on Saturday. She and her family traveled to Austin from Killeen for the day and made time to stop at the city’s iconic spot.

“I think it’s a piece of art,” she said. “It’s a piece of the city. When you come to Austin you have to come here.”

Though McBean said she doesn’t think the HOPE Outdoor Gallery should move, Ordonez said it doesn’t really matter as long as it still finds itself in the city for Austinites and guests to enjoy.

“The idea of the park is more important than the actual park,” he said. “As long as the idea is there I think it’s more important than the actual spot. It’s not necessarily about the space, it’s about the idea of the space.”

The HOPE Outdoor Gallery has not announced where the graffiti park will move to. KXAN has reached out to them for comment.

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