Camille J. Wheeler
In spring 2020, the transformation of Sixth Street in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak was astonishing. Before March, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Austin with full force, this famed thoroughfare was still a loud and rowdy destination — an intoxicating environment where throngs of people packed the sidewalks and the wail of sirens mixed with the blare of live music. Then, the street’s businesses and bars were closed in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. In late March, muralists began transforming Sixth Street’s boarded-up bars into wildly colored canvases of inspiration and hope. Included in that group was Art Randle, the resident sketch artist of Sixth Street, whose work drew attention at the Blind Pig Pub.