nashville public art

No art left behind



A true Nashville survivor


If you live in East Nashville, and you drink alcohol, you probably have an opinion about Weiss Liquors vs. Main Street Liquor. Some folks have strong opinions on this topic. Here are two empirical facts: 1) Main has colder refrigerators and 2) Weiss wins the sign war hands down. Weiss Liquors goes back a long way. Nicholas Weiss first started selling alcohol downtown in the 1890s. The business has moved a few times since, landing in its current location in 1961. The sign first showed up in the 1930s and has moved twice since then. The arrows, not part of the original design, were added in the 1940s. You can read more at Nashville Design History, in an article by John Whitman. Since then the sign has been featured in movies, music videos, and on more than a few Instagram accounts. Sadly, some of the letters are out right now due to vandalism. That’s a tough one. BTW, if you’re looking for work, as of this posting, Weiss is hiring!

Located at 824 Main Street. Impossible to miss. There is of course parking at Weiss, and at the storage center next door. The parking lot can be tricky on weekend evenings.

Swayze lives!


Back last July, I reported on a small maritime-themed mural gracing The Centennial in On imagined seas. That mural is no more, but it has been replaced with a grander creation honoring Patrick Swayze and the original Point Break. It befits the nautical theme inside, and hey, who doesn’t like that insane movie. Of the remake – well, I will not speak as I know nothing. The new murals, which were installed April 21st and include not only Swayze but a surfer and a huge wave, is the work of I Saw the Sign, a hand painted sign company created by Nashville (by way of Ithica, NY) artist Meghan Wood. I Saw the Sign (FB) mostly does lettering as opposed to figurative murals, but here is an obvious and excellent exception. The huge, exuberant “The Centennial” (see below) is more in keeping with their other work. The murals. interestingly, are attached wood panels, which is unusual for mural art in Nashville.

Located at 5115 Centennial Boulevard near the busy intersection with 51st Avenue North. There’s a reasonable amount of parking at the bar, so grab a brew and a burger and enjoy the art!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Or you could just watch the video 

I live in East Nashville and have walked and driven down Woodland thousands of times, but only recently noticed this work because an intervening building was torn down. New construction will soon render it invisible from the road again.

Painted on the back west wall of 914 Main Street, it is signed Rebecca + Andee Moreland 2015 and reads “Love Loud Sing Freak Soul.” [UPDATE: Despite how it reads, I’m positive the “Andee” here is Andee Rudloff, who is responsible for a number of local projects.] Rebecca Moreland is the name of a Nashville musician who has a song out called “Freak Soul,” and the video features her and some others creating this mural, making this a multi-media work.

Located on the back west wall of 914 Main Street, which Google calls “Classic Auto Works,” though there’s no sign. You can’t really see it from Main Street, however. Go to the alley that runs parallel to and between Woodland and Main along the 900 block. This mural lies off that alley, behind The Basement East.

Blog at

Up ↑