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Eastside Murals

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!


Call me Ishmael


Ok, it’s a blue whale, not a white one. Sue me. Our blue cetacean friend is found on the side of the soon to be opening Alexis+Bolt, which bills itself as a “carefully curated shop for men and women,” whatever that might mean. The sign on the front suggests that friendly dogs and their humans are welcome. The mural itself is a product of Eastside Murals, the moniker under which Ian Lawrence and Sterling Goller-Brown do their work. I’ve featured their work before, such as in The cats are loose. I know of at least one other animal mural from them – perhaps something of a theme.

Located at 506 Monroe Street in Germantown. The mural is on the east side of the building, facing 5th Ave. Street parking is reasonably available. If you go Feb 18th or later (the advertised opening day) you can find out what the carefully curated goods are!

Breaking through


Across the street from The Gallatin and Straightway Gallery is this Eastside Murals production celebrating Lincoln Tech, what was once known to Nashvillians as Nashville Auto Diesel College. Ian Lawrence and Sterling Goller-Brown of Eastside Murals have done a number of pieces in town, such as the one featured in The cats are loose. Lincoln, and Auto-Diesel before it, of course features a fair amount of training in the automotive arts, and its students can often be seen crossing the street to shop at Jerry’s Market, centerpiece of the Gallatin and Straightway Gallery.

Located at 1524 Gallatin Avenue. The mural is on the south side of the building and actually faces Strouse Avenue. A fair amount of parking, though a little less when classes are in session. Plenty of street parking nearby. Vroom-vroom!


The cats are loose


This fantastic piece is, as it is prominently branded, a very new Eastside Murals production. This is another example of an auto repair place serving as a canvass for Nashville muralists. It’s a piece that needs to be flashy – it faces an alleyway, and while currently visible from Woodland Street, future construction is likely to hide it from anyone not in the alley – or hanging out on the back porch of Basement East.

Located on the backside (south) of Classic Auto Works at 914 Main Street. Classic Auto Works does not have a sign, but it’s next to the well-marked Holleman Transmission. The mural lies directly across the alley from Basement East on Woodland. You might need to park a bit aways, such as at the storage center down the street. This is the same building that hosts the mural featured in Or you could just watch the video. That mural is on the west side of the building. There is a third mural, a large graffiti installation, on the east side which I will feature in a later post.

It’s the Hulk!

What a giant green man dunking a basketball has to do with moving your stuff, I’m not sure. Frankly, I’d rather my movers not slam dunk my possessions, but treat them gently.

A first on this blog, an East Side Murals project. Definitely not the last one though, as they’ve done a lot of work in town.

Located at 309 Hermitage Ave, on the Edgar St. side of the building.

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