Taggers vandalized Austin’s iconic statue of legendary blues performer Stevie Ray Vaughan on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake.
Austin police are aware of the graffiti, which appears to have either faded or been partially removed. The paint is only on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s back, which faces the lake.
Three different passers-by along the trail said they first noticed the graffiti Monday, when the white paint was much brighter. The words are difficult to make out and may simply be initials.
“It’s very disgraceful,” said Austin photographer Mike Holp, who took a photo of the vandalism when he noticed it Monday. “Obviously Stevie Ray Vaughan is a legend in Austin. I couldn’t even read it (the graffiti). So what’s the point?”
Holp posted the photo on Instagram, which prompted over a dozen comments from Austinites who were angered by the vandal’s work.
George Skinner and Vanessa Barney noticed the vandalism while they were strolling along the trail.
“Aw, come on, really?” Skinner said when he noticed it.
The statue “is something that belongs to all of us,” he said.
Curtis and April Fluitt also said they were disheartened to see the graffiti.
“Austin has an entire area for graffiti,” April Fluitt said, referring to Graffiti Park near downtown, which Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission unanimously voted Monday to demolish. “This is not the sort of thing you graffiti.”
“The fact that the paint is only on the back side shows they were scared to do it,” Curtis Fluitt added.