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Feeling like you need a good cocktail? Maybe you should try out the newish bar The Fox Bar and Cocktail Lounge. Their online menu does include some desserts and appetizers, but this is a place about cocktails. The odd logo is courtesy of  Brian Wooden, he of the dapper headless men. More evidence that Nashville business owners understand the importance of public art.

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Located at 2905B Gallatin Pike. A fair amount of parking here and around back. Grab a drink from Fox or maybe some pasta from neighboring Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen. Highly recommended.

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At 12th and Buchanan, there is a small green building. From the looks of it, it used it be a gas station. It will probably be gentrified before you know it. It’s probably happening now. All the big splashy new outdoor art you’ve heard about? I’ll get it to it at some point. But I also like to archive the smaller stuff that might not be around for long. This is sticker art, paper glued on to the building. Even if nothing happens to the little green building, this piece has a shelf life. Also, there’s a fun spider. See below.

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Located at 1201 Buchanan Street, at the southwest corner of 12th and Buchanan. Plenty of street parking. The image above is found on the garage door facing Buchanan. The spider is on the wall facing 12th.

Nashville skyline

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I have no clue who did this. There is a small apartment building on Fisk Street, just off Charlotte, that has this mural. It depicts the Nashville skyline and is tagged “Act Now.” This mural shows up in a Google street view from 2016, which I think is its origin year. Again, more business owners and more public officials are figuring out the value of public art, so more stuff appears.

At 405 Fisk Street. This is a small apartment building behind Fattoush Cafe and Jiffy Lube. Plenty of parking at Fattoush, so grab some grub and enjoy the art!

Batter up!

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The bathrooms at the easternmost baseball fields in Shelby Park are a fair more spectacular than all the others. Two artists who go by Sterbo and Downs have graced this modest cinder block building with art and a name. On the east side, we see a pitcher and a batter facing off, while on the west we find a declaration of local pride, Shelby Bottoms style. The doors to the bathrooms are also fancied up a bit.

Located, as the building declares, at 1801 Davidson Street. Even Google Maps doesn’t  know this street name. The bathroom is found at the far east and south of Shelby Park, close to the river, just before you get to the railroad trellis. Plenty of free parking in the park, though you may have to walk a bit. If there are no games in action, the bathrooms may be found behind locked gates.

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Jump in, the water’s fine!

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I’ve been meaning to blog about this one for a long time, but the identity of the gentleman in this Michael Cooper (Murals & More) piece stymied me. The identity of the woman was easy to figure out. That’s Anne Brown, owner of The Arts Company, a gallery on Fifth Avenue. I should have known who the gentleman was. He is, after all, “The man behind the Sounds new ballpark.” That’s Ronald Gobbell, architect and president emeritus of Gobbell Hays Partners, an architectural firm that owns the building.

Located at 215 5th Avenue North. The mural actually faces St. Cloud Alley, on the back (west) side of the building. St. Cloud intersects with the 500 block of Church Street. This is downtown, so lots of parking, none of it free. There is a paid lot right in front of the mural. On the other side of the lot is Forget the past and a couple other murals I haven’t blogged about yet. Make it all part of your downtown art crawl, held each first Saturday of the month.

Writing the way to world peace

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Renda Writer is an artist who is doing his part for world peace by bringing this simple mantra to walls around the country. A lot of his other art also makes use of words and strong lines. Ours, found on the long-derelict Porter Road gas station that now houses Arbor Springs Lawn Care and Landscaping, went up in September. The list of sites on his blog is a little out of date as it ends in August of this year, but it shows that he’s been at this for a couple of years with sites all over the country. One of his murals recently made a brief appearance in a Square Capital ad (0:10 and 0:31), and they are certainly all selfie/portrait ready.

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Located at 1200 Porter Road, at the corner with Greenwood Avenue. Vinyl Tap in the old Family Wash site is across the street on Greenwood, while Cafe Roze is catty-corner across Porter, and Southen Grist Brewing is directly across Porter. All of which explains why the parking you see in the picture is now paid parking. Welcome to Nashville. There is some limited street parking on Greenwood.

Yazoo Brewery, Herb Williams edition

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Yazoo Brewery has a lot of outdoor art. Two artists have contributed to this. In this post, I focus on the works of Herb Williams, and in a later post, I’ll write about the pieces done by Michael Cooper of Murals and More. When I went inside to ask who had done the two murals above, I was told something like “Doug Herbert,” who was described as “the guy who does the crayon art.” I should have known. Hidden away in the loading dock area is one of Williams’s signature small striped animals, a bear in this case. (See below.) What will happen to this art is unclear. Yazoo is selling its current location, though it’s destination is unclear. The murals above might just go with them. They are metal panels attached to the wall and could be easily moved. Still, we have to call this endangered art.

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Located at 910 Division Street. The murals above are on the west side of the building, facing Overton Street. The small bear below is on the east side of the building, on one of the loading dock bays. This is the Gulch area, so lots of parking, some of it free. Yazoo has some parking for customers. There’s free street parking one block over on 10th, and most of the Gulch lots offer one-hour free parking. There’s also plenty of paid parking on neighboring blocks.

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