Too Late to Look for the Spear

Too Late to Look for the Spear by Jann Alexander © 2013
Too Late to Look for the Spear by Jann Alexander © 2013

Joseph's: Once Stylin' High by Jann Alexander © 2013
Stylin’ High © Jann Alexander

A pack of Wrigley’s Spearmint gum could relieve fatigue for just a nickel, but no longer, as a new Marriott hotel in downtown Austin has already encased an iconic wall mural in steel. The Congress Avenue landmark wall that featured ads for Joseph’s menswear and Wrigley’s gum remains, with just a few feet between it and the Marriott’s windowless north wall, so it’s all but hidden from view—forever. The flavor may last, but now, it’s too late to look for the Spear.

Ironically, or perhaps not, Joseph’s was featured in the Vanishing Austin Endangered Species of Austin poster in 2009, along with 15 other Austin landmarks. Nine of those featured have either disappeared or relocated due to development.

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Endangered Species of Austin, poster by Jann Alexander © 2009
Endangered Species of Austin poster

Shop my Vanishing Austin series: While many Austin landmarks are lost, many are survivors still. Admire them all in a slideshow, HERE. Prints start at $35.

Marvel at what’s lost and what’s survived in my Endangered Species of Austin poster, featuring 16 Austin icons, and sized at a handsomely large 24 x 36,” available for $25, HERE.

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4 thoughts on “Too Late to Look for the Spear

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  1. Very interesting. Well, it seems as though this is happening all over the place. It would have been cool if they worked that wall into the design somehow. It would have been an amazing feature wall on the inside of the hotel.


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