‘You’re My Butter Half’ mural in eastern Austin destroyed

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the building on which the mural was painted has a new owner.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A mural in eastern Austin was destroyed this week.

The mural “You’re My Butter Half” is located at 2000 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The building is now owned by the local digital marketing firm, Effective Spend, but used to be affiliated with the United Way of Greater Austin.

A vandal used similar colored paint to change the text to an inappropriate message. The last image in the slide show below shows what the mural was originally supposed to look like.

  • Pictures taken on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 show parts of "You're my butter half" mural in eastern austin overpainted and marred.  (KXAN Photo / Frank Martinez)
  • Pictures taken on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 show parts of "You're my butter half" mural in eastern austin overpainted and marred.  (KXAN Photo / Frank Martinez)
  • Pictures taken on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 show parts of "You're my butter half" mural in eastern austin overpainted and marred.  (KXAN Photo / Frank Martinez)
  • "You're my butter half" mural on United Way for Greater Austin (KXAN Photo / Jaclyn Ramkissoon)

The United Way For Greater Austin said a team member discovered the vandalism around 10 a.m. Wednesday. The organization said there are plans to paint the mural to its original, heartfelt message.

Effective Spend also said it is working with the creators of the mural to clean up the mural and hopes to get it done this weekend.

This is not the first time the mural has been vandalized. It was destroyed at least one other time in the summer of 2017. A group from United Way For Greater Austin helped restore it at the time.

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