AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you drive past the intersection of 21st and Guadalupe streets, you’ll see a familiar sight. The famous “Hi, How Are You” mural stands tall, but the building it was attached to was demolished over the weekend.
The Hi, How Are You Project (HHAYP) — a nonprofit created in 2018 and named for the late, beloved artist and world-renowned musician Daniel Johnston — posted on Instagram the mural is being preserved during the construction of a new student housing project.
The mural depicts a creature named Jeremiah with the words “Hi, How Are You” sprawled above him. It appeared on the wall in 1993 and was created by Johnston, who died in 2019. He became a household name for Austinites because of his music and art, which are a cultural staple in the capital city.
The nonprofit’s Instagram post reads, “Our friends and hero sponsor @americancampus are taking great care to preserve Jeremiah during the construction of the new student housing project at the site of the old Goodall Wooten dormitory at 21st and Guadalupe. 💚🐸”
Kate Lowery with American Campus Communities said it partnered with the Hi, How Are You Project to make sure the mural would stay throughout the building demolition and new construction.
Details on the construction project aren’t clear yet, but Lowery said ACC and HHAYP are working with structural engineers, construction crews, and architects to make sure the mural will stay standing and open for the public to see.
“It’s really so much more than a mural — it is really a statement for mental wellness,” Lowery said. She also credited the mural for the work the nonprofit of its same name does and, by extension, the work American Campus Communities does.
“Thanks to Daniel Johnston creating the ‘Hi, How Are You’ mural, which is Jeremiah the Innocent, the beautiful frog that we know and love,” Lowery said. “Started in Austin, American Campus Communities has different communities around, near campus for student residents, but also all around the country. And we’ve also partnered with 24 other residential housing companies to help students with mental wellness reminders. And it all starts with ‘Hi, How Are You.”