We reported last week that campus-area Thai restaurant "Thai, How Are You" had closed. That’s sad for lovers of Thai food, but arguably the bigger concern for many was what would become of Daniel Johnston’s famous mural on the building.
The "Hi, How Are You" mural, featuring a character named Jeremiah the Innocent, first went up on the exterior wall of Sound Exchange in 1993 and was immortalized on a T-shirt worn by Kurt Cobain during an MTV taping. The mural survived as the businesses inside the building changed over the years. With this latest closure, some worried what would become of the important piece of Austin’s cultural history once the space was leased to a new tenant or once the building was sold.
The property is owned by the Austin-based American Campus Communities. On Monday, a representative for the company that manages student housing allayed any fears about the mural’s future.
"At this point, we do not have another tenant for the space but are exploring options," wrote Gina Cowart, American Campus Communities vice president of branding and marcom strategies, in an email. "The entire property will be redeveloped at some point in the future but we currently do not have a timeline. As part of the redevelopment, the Jeremiah the Innocent mural will be preserved to honor Daniel Johnston’s legacy and the Hi, How Are You Project."