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Eastside Murals

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!


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

Cheetahs mural street art Nashville

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!

Hulk mural street art Nashville
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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