Crieve Hall is not a neighborhood with a lot of outdoor art. It’s an almost entirely residential neighborhood made up ranch houses from the 1950s and 1960s that sit on substantial lots. Its best-known attraction is probably Traveller’s Rest, a home first built in 1799 by John Overton, a judge and an advisor to Andrew Jackson. But the neighborhood now has some significant art, by artist Sarah Liz Tate, a Nashville illustrator. Tate has been on this blog before, as the artist responsible for the “It’s Going to Be O.K” mural on Charlotte, part of the Off The Wall Nashville project. This mural, which graces the entrance to the Hogan Road tunnel, was sponsored by the Crieve Hall Women’s League as part of a beautification program. They also employed Drew’s Lawn and Landscaping to improve the grounds around the tunnel entrance. If you look at the Crieve Hall Women’s League Instagram page, you’ll see a shot of what the site looked like before. On Tate’s Instagram page, you can see shots of her creating the mural.
The train, by the way, seems to be semi-permanent. In Tate’s photos and those of the CHWL, there’s a train sitting there above the tunnel. At the other end of that tunnel, to the left, there’s a gate with a lot of very unfriendly signs blocking the path to a certain statue of a certain Confederate general that is visible from I-65. I suppose it needs to be on this blog someday if I can talk the owner into letting me take pictures.
Located at the west end of the 600 block of Hogan Road, near the corner with Regent Drive. This isn’t an area with easy street parking. I’d recommend driving a little north on Regent and parking on Crieve Road. There is a small road next to the left (south) flank of the mural, which is a CSX access road. If you park here (briefly) there’s a turnaround spot about 100 feet beyond so you don’t have to back out in front of the nearly blind tunnel.