A new Daniel Johnston mural was unveiled December 1 at Nau’s Enfield Drug on West Lynn. The design, featuring a superhero and the inspirational message “Love is the question; Love is the answer,” is Johnston’s first mural in 20 years and a holiday gift to the city of Austin from GSD&M advertising agency. GSD&M said Superhero Kids, an organization that fights childhood cancer, would benefit from the sale of t-shirts featuring the mural and a social campaign running through December 31.
“GSD&M, Daniel Johnston, Superhero Kids, and Nau’s came together to create something beautiful and lasting for our city,” said Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell. “This mural represents the spirit of our community, and I’m proud to accept it on behalf of Austin.”
Johnston, a local Austin artist and musician, is best known locally for his “Hi, How Are You?” mural on Guadalupe St. and a quirky musical style that embodies Austin’s ethos.
“Daniel has always had a heart for Austin and for helping others—especially kids,” said Tom Gimbel, Johnston’s manager. “When he and his family heard about this opportunity to dedicate a new mural to Superhero Kids, they were all in.”