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Striding

Striding

The So Clean Auto Detail building at the corner of 10th Avenue South and Shelby is a bit of a mystery. The business has been closed and the building apparently empty for years. Given the go-go-go development culture in this part of East Nashville – heck, in most of Nashville – that such a prime piece of real estate would just sit is surprising. No doubt it will be developed eventually, but in the meantime, it’s a ready canvas. Recently, this headless but otherwise perfectly dressed gentleman appeared. He might be related to the stencils once found on a dumpster outside of Emma at the old trolley barns in the Rolling Mill Hill area. There’s also a headless suited man on the brick building at the corner of Lea Ave and Hermitage that I’m pretty sure is the work of Emily Miller, though whether she’s responsible for the one above or the stencils I don’t know. There’s also some graffiti on the building – see below. All is likely to go away when the property is developed.

UPDATE: This is apparently a Brian Wooden piece.

410 10th Graffiti

Located at 410 10th Avenue South, at the corner with Shelby Avenue. The parking for the building is chained off. There’s a small space in the alley it’s possible to park at, or you could park at the convenience store across the street. The suited man is on the southeast corner of the building, alongside Shelby.

Help Puerto Rico

SanJuanAngel

I’ve been a bit slow posting of late because of many things going on, but also because I’ve been a bit preoccupied with Puerto Rico. In early August this year, I spent eleven days going all over the island, including a visit to Culebra off the east coast. As you might imagine, I photographed a lot of public art. A lot. The street art scene in Puerto Rico is amazing. I have to say that while we have some very good artists in Nashville, we have a ways to go to catch up. While this is a very Davidson County blog, I decided to post some of my favorites here to encourage giving to Puerto Rico – and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This page maintained by Los Ambulantes has a lot of good options for Puerto Rico. I gave to Unidos por Puerto Rico, which is organized by the island’s First Lady (the link is in English). Here is a list of possible places to donate for the USVI, and this one seems to be run by the USVI government. Do your research before giving. Below are just a tiny fraction of my favorites. The file names indicate where they are from. I fear that some of these have been lost, particularly the ones near water. What I don’t show here is all the bronze statues. Puerto Ricans, or at least their government, looooooove bronze statues. They are all over the place. Obviously, not parking information this time. Go when you can, when it makes sense.

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Memories of battle

BattleRealty

When does a simple sign become public art? Well, that’s a judgment call, of course. Here, I use a few criteria. Is it cool looking? Would it make a nice portrait/selfie if you were standing in front of it? Is it a well-established neighborhood fixture? The Battle Realtors sign meets all three. It appears prominently on the wall of a large, historic brick home at the top of the hill where Jefferson sails over 40/65. It’s absolutely unmissable. And it’s certainly a survivor. I’m not sure if it dates back to 1984, but I know it’s been there for at least 15 years. Its future is uncertain. Donald Battle, the proprietor, passed away in 2014, and it’s not clear what the status of the business is. The website has been allowed to expire, and there’s no other evidence of activity, on the internet at least. Call this endangered art. Get your selfie soon.

Located at 1033 12th Avenue North, at the corner with Jefferson Street, on the west side of the bridge over I-40 and I-65. The sign is very visible from Jefferson. There’s a mini-car wash directly in front of it. Parking can be found just to the west of the car wash.

Must have been a cool party

Retrograde

This is an ad for a party. A party you probably missed. Though the video makes it look like it was fun. The party was put on by Concept 56, a Jägermeister sponsored (hence the deer) program which “puts together a team of 5 talented creatives, aged 21 and up, to go through a process of 6 months during which they design and produce the event of a lifetime.” Otherwise known as a party. The party took place October 8 of last year, so how long this art stays up is anyone’s guess. I’ll call it endangered art. There are pictures of the event and the performers on Concept56’s Instagram page, even one of the mural being painted. This piece is unusual in being painted on three roll-up doors. It is possible one or more might be rolled up when you visit.

Located at 822 Third Avenue South, home of ST8MNT, “a boutique Nashville brand agency,” and across from 3rd and Lindsley. After hours and on the weekends when nearby businesses are closed there’s plenty of parking, though maybe not as much when there’s a show at 3rd and Lindsley. Get your brand boutiqued and enjoy the art!

On a dark sea

Miller Shark

On a night when a fantastic and frightening storm bears down on Texas, a simple denizen of the sea. Although unsigned, this is obviously an Emily Miller piece, she of the animal drawings (and other subjects) glued to buildings around town. There is a twin of this one on her Instagram page. Actually, looks like this one is too. Given that shot is dated June 30, 2017, and this one from just two months later is fairly faded, and given this is paper stuck to the wall, like much of her art, we have to call this endangered art. As is true about a lot of south Texas right now.

Located at what is probably 425 Chestnut Street. Southern Country Furniture (no apparent website) next door is at 427 Chestnut. The shark is on a garage door of a seemingly abandoned stone building right next to the tracks. There is parking in front and beside the building, and a gravelly area across the street. Shop for furniture and enjoy the art!

Sorry you missed the show

Concerrt Promotion

I’m normally a little wary about featuring concert ad murals. They get painted over quick. But this one is for a show back in March, it’s still there, the building seems only part occupied, and it’s a very nice mural, so who knows how long it will last? Still, we have to call this temporary art. BJ The Chicago Kid, Xavier Omär, and Kamau gave a rockin’ show on March 20th – or so I imagine! The artist is Bryan Deese, who has done a number of murals around town. He signs this piece with his website address, but that leads to a blog not updated since 2014. Try his Instagram account for more up to date information about his work. And if you go visit this one and it’s gone, you can still see a Bryan Deese mural across the street.

Located at 2622 Jefferson Street. The mural is on the west side of the building. There is plenty of parking at 2622 and nearby businesses. If the church on the west side is out of session, there is lots of parking there.

Going soon?

FatBottom

The Fluffo Matress Factory/Fat Bottom Brewery sign at 9th and Main may be going away soon. Fat Bottom Brewery, founded by Ben Bredesen (son of former Mayor and former Governor Phil Bredesen) moved out of the old Fluffo factory to a new bigger spot in The Nations on 44th Ave North in summer 2016. The brewery part of the building has been empty since, but construction has recently begun on a major upgrade of the building, and it remains to be seen if the new owners and tenants will maintain the tradition of preserving signs from previous tenants. Let’s call this endangered art.

Located at 900 Main Street, at the corner with 9th Street. There’s a little street parking, and you could park across the street at the Weiss Liquor Store and Weiss Market, but don’t stay long if you’re not buying!

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