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Writing on the Walls is an annual series of collaborative public art installations and events. At the inaugural event in March 2020, local, national, and international artists simultaneously created two new landmarks in downtown Austin.

Canadian artist Sandra Chevrier collaborated with American street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey on an iconic 12-story mural that was painted on the west side of The LINE. The design fuses both of their styles and incorporates iconography that evokes the power of women and the history of women’s rights in this country. Austin-based emerging Artist Sadé Lawson created a bold, large scale mural on South Lamar exemplifying her fresh and unique style exploring identity and mental health.

More than murals, Writing on the Walls is a week-long celebration of art, diversity and public spaces in our community. More than 25 other local artists also took part in Writing on the Walls events, which included panel discussions, workshops, spray party, public art demonstrations, and documentary movie screenings. Artists also visited local schools as part of the Artist in Schools program.

We invite the community to enjoy these new Austin landmarks!

The Artists

Sandra Chevrier

A Candian pop urban artist known for her captivating portraits of women

Shepard Fairey

An internationally renowned street artist who has painted more than 100 large-scale public murals

Sadé Lawson

An emerging Austin-based artist who explores the complexities of identity and mental illness through her work


Writing on the Walls was made possible through the generous support of individuals, companies, and partners. Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners!



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