After creating a mural of Pola Negri and Josephine Baker at The Yard, we wanted to showcase some of the Austin’s street art celebrating women by connecting the art works and their creators with the community. This is how the idea of the “FOLLOW HER!” bike ride came about. We invited the community to join us for a bike tour through the streets of Austin and discover courage, strength, creativity, wisdom, pride, love, and drive of notable women, performers, and activists captured through several murals and mosaics of different formats and styles. We partnered with a wonderful organization, Ghisallo Cycling Initiative, and invited the artists to ride with us or meet the group at the selected stops by their work. This gave all of us a chance to learn more about these women and artists who honored them.
Take a look at the PHOTO GALLERY showing all the art stops along the way:
Current exhibit and permanent feature of Two mosaics portraying the founders of La Peña: Lidia Perez (by Martha Diaz) and Cynthia Perez (by Litzy Rea Valdéz).
STOP 2. 710 W Cesar Chavez St (Austin Public Library)
Six mosaics of Austin’s Female Leaders:
Means (by Lolita Rodriguez), Sylvia Orozco (by Lys Santamaria), Cathy Vasquez-Revilla (by Litzy Valdez), Peggy Vasquez (by Litzy Valdez).
STOP 3. 111 E Cesar Chavez (Line Hotel; stop at the opposite side of the street):
Mural “Wonder Woman” by Sandra Chevrier & Shepard Fairey
STOP 4. 1415 S Congress Ave:
Mural of Angela Davis – Radical transformation by NIZ (part of The Black Legacy Project)
STOP 5 / FINISH: 440 East St. Elmo Rd. (The Yard):
Josephine Baker & Pola Negri by Julia Mirny & Dan Terry (producer: Dot Dot Dot Connect)
Mural dedicated to Texas Advocacy Project: HOPE by Dan Terry. The goal of the mural is to raise public awareness of the issue of domestic abuse and trafficking and to kick off a capital fundraising campaign to help abuse survivors.