The Moody Center debuts “Tempo” art walking tour

The music venue is practically an art gallery, so the Moody Center wants to treat it like one.

A spray-painted mural of three players on the left, Swindell on the right.

Swindell was recognized for her collegiate career with an induction into the University of Texas’ Women’s Athletics Hall of Honor in 2001.

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The Moody Center is a big venue, it needs Tempo.

Next time you attend a show at the Moody Center, you might want to arrive early for a little artistic education. The venue’s self-guided walking tour, called Tempo, takes guests through Austin’s live music legacy, artistic prowess, and the arena’s vast collection of local murals.

The art might strike a chord — let’s learn about just a few of Moody’s murals.

The Ambassador of Weird | Will Hatch Crosby
Will invites you to use your imagination while looking at this piece, which is packed with local cameos and is meant to bridge Spanish and English-speaking communities of Austin.

BIG Scribble | Alannah Tiller
If you look closely at this mural, you may be able to spot abstract versions of the Frank Erwin Center, the UT Tower, and the Moody Center.

Bloom | Rex Hamilton
This enormous mural uses Texas wildflowers to illustrate the uniqueness in all of us.

Four colorful cowboys on the top, four on the bottom, in front of a faux-wood background.

Tag yourself, we’re the cloud-boy.

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El Loco Ocho | Brian L. Phillips
Old Austin and new Austin embrace each other in this mural, which is meant to spread the word of Keeping Austin Weird.

Players of the Year | J Muzacz
A nod to the Moody Center’s role as home to Texas basketball, this mural highlights Retha Swindell, the first Black woman to play women’s basketball for the Longhorns.

Resonate | Pretty Much Yeah
Artists Bradford “Bradlio1” Maxfield and Christin “Saeka” Keeley painted this portrait of Willie Nelson to encapsulate the core sentiments of the city.

Pro tip: keep your eyes peeled for QR codes on certain plaques in the arena, they’ll tell you more about certain topics.

You can guide yourself through most of the tour or purchase a ticket to a guided tour from June-August 2023 for $25.

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