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Eastside Murals

Mystery of the Spheres

Colonial Liquor

Eight Avenue South has art but is not as rich as some other neighbourhoods. This is in keeping with its mix of national chains, which tend to discourage public art, and independent businesses, which tend to encourage it. A very obvious example of the later, if you are travelling south on 8th, is this impossible to miss piece on the side of Colonial Liquors. This trippy image complete with crystals and a starry firmament is a product of the ever-prolific Eastside Murals. The backside of the building has a major graffiti installation I’ll feature later.

Located at 2401 Franklin Pike (aka 8th Avenue South). The mural is on the north side of the building, facing Hillview Heights. A fair amount of parking is available at Colonial Liquor, and a great deal is to be found across the street at Little Caesars. You have to go about half a block west on Hillview Height to find street parking. Grab some wine, get some pizza, and enjoy the art!

Galactic Gardens


Another day, another Eastside Murals piece. Ian Lawrence and Sterling Goller-Brown stay busy. This particular piece is on the backside of the Adventure Science Center, next to the curving outer wall of the Sudekum Planetarium with its displays of constellations. The Galactic Gardens project, sponsored by 3M and Cornerstone Financial Credit Union, will, when complete, allow kids to do “experiments in extraterrestrial gardening,” among other things.

Located at 800 Fort Negley Boulevard. The mural is on the southwest corner of the building, to your right as you approach the main entrance, facing Ft. Negley Blvd. Adventure Science Center has lots of parking. Viewing the mural does not require entering the building, and can be seen free of charge. But hey, don’t you want to bring a kid and make a day of it? The center is pretty cool!



This is another of those “why I have I waited so long to post about this one” posts. Certainly, anyone in the habit of driving north on Gallatin in East Nashville is familiar with the train on the side of Inglewood Hardware, more properly known as Inglewood True Value. (The first link is to local store’s Yelp page, the second to corporate.) This is obviously an Eastside Murals piece, professional home of Ian Lawrence and Sterling Goller-Brown. The mural went in last year. Why a train? Perhaps because of the train tracks that run back behind the store. It does provide good color on a very busy road, and makes the store hard to miss.

Located at 3214 Gallatin Pike. The mural is on the south side of the building. There is parking in front and on the mural side of the building. If you park in front, you’ll be backing up onto Gallatin when you leave. Load up on home improvement gear and enjoy the art!


I say tomato


The Pomodoro East mural on Eastland is one of the murals that first got me interested in outdoor art in Nashville. Not sure why I’m just getting to it now on this blog. This is an Eastside Murals work, one of their earlier jobs. The florid typography of the signature is unusual. On most of their murals, they stick to much more spare fonts when they sign their work. Pomodoro is a popular east side Italian restaurant that, yes, uses a lot of tomatoes in their food.

Located at 701 Porter Road. The mural actually faces Eastland Avenue, and is essentially underneath the restaurant. Your closest bet for viewing the mural is to park on the backside of the building, from the Eastland entrance. If you park in the lot off Porter, you’ll have a steep hill to climb down. Get you some pasta and enjoy the art!

Drink responsibly!


“The Art of the Chalice” is a relatively recent Eastside Murals piece, sponsored by Stella Artois. Why did Stella Artois sponsor this mural? Well, the marketing decisions of major corporations can be obscure, but in fact, this mural is one of a number of art installations of the same name that Stella Artois has been doing all over the country. While this one is not specifically branded with Stella Artois, that particular style of glass features in their marketing and the bird chasing after the fish is carrying a horn seen on the Stella Artois label. Regardless, it’s a bright, cheery mural that brings some color to a drab downtown parking lot. You can watch the Eastside artists put the mural up in a nice time lapse video from their Instagram page. The bit of blue on the far edge is a separate mural advertising the bar next door. I’ll post it separately later.

Located at 173 Third Avenue North, on the north facing wall of Piranha’s Bar and Grill (bachelorette party headquarters!). Obviously, there’s parking right in front of the mural, but like most parking downtown, it ain’t free. Obviously, grab a ride share or taxi to Piranha’s, order a Stella, and enjoy the art!

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Dawn to dusk


The Fatherland District mural, found on the backside of The Pavilion East, is a product of Eastside Murals, home base of artists Ian Lawrence and Sterling Goller-Brown. If I decided to dedicate myself to just their work, it would keep me busy for a while. The daylight scene (closeup below) depicts a dog and cyclist hanging out at Bill Martin’s grocery, while on the night side we see dancers in the Pavillion and one of the walkways of The Shoppes on Fatherland, which the Pavillion is part of. While I’m not fond of that spelling of “shops,” this cluster of eclectic small local shops is worth visiting, and tourists are some of their most important customers.

The address of The Pavillion East is 1006 Fatherland, but the front of it actually faces south 11th Street, on the 300 block, a little south of Fatherland. The best way to access the mural is to walk down the alleyway that runs south from Fatherland, halfway between 10th and 11th. You can also walk around back from the front side of the Pavillion. There is parking in front of the Pavillion, and street parking is relatively easy, particularly going south, away from Five Points.


You’ve been Eclipsed!


Eclipse Cafe and Market on 17th Ave North (and which Google Maps confidently refers to as “Lee’s Market” despite abundant signage to the contrary) is a study in contrasts. Here, on the 17th Ave side of the building, is an exuberant graffiti installation that I can’t begin to decipher, while round back is a colorful Eastside Murals work. The mural faces an alley that Google declares to be Prison Avenue, though given the failure to name the market right, who knows? That alley, by the way, is filled with graffiti art I’ll feature later.

Located at 310 17th Avenue North between State and Patterson. Plenty of street and market parking. Grab a cold one and enjoy the art!


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