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Sometimes you have to be obvious

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While I do try to discover little-known works, I am also trying to be comprehensive on this blog. There aren’t many Nashville murals better known than this one. Maybe the “I Believe in Nashville” murals. I’m not sure what other contenders there are, though the Legends Corner mural that’s gone in recently on Lower Broad is no doubt showing up in a lot of tourist selfies. This piece is by Kelsey Montague, who has been putting in wings murals all over the world as part of her “What Lifts You” campaign, with a little help from Taylor Swift. There’s even an app if you can’t make it to one of her wing murals. Her Instagram account makes clear that even when she’s not painting wings, she has a knack for selfie-ready art. The Nashville version went in last April and was sponsored by Market Street Enterprises.

Located at 230 Eleventh Avenue South, on the south side of Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, across the alley from AccessorEyes. There’s one-hour free parking in most of the pay lots in The Gulch. The nearest free street parking is a few blocks away.

Sweet and Spicy

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On the 2300 block of Franklin Pike, there are two neighbors who share a very similar art style. One is Bolton’s. We’ve met them before on this blog, in No, I didn’t need my taste buds, actually. That post featured the oldest Bolton’s on Main, and you can read all about Bolton’s and find links about Nashville’s hot chicken tradition there. The other is Supreme Kreme Nashville, which sells Thai-style rolled ice cream and boba tea. Now that’s just the combination you need, right? A powerful burn from Bolton’s cooled down with some tea and sweets from Supreme Kreme. Make it a date!

Located at 2309 A and B Franklin Pike South. Supreme Kreme lists its address as Eighth Avenue South, while Bolton’s says Franklin Pike. They are the same road. Both lie directly across from the intersection with MelPark Drive. Plenty of parking. Grab some grub and enjoy the art!

A rainbow of pride

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In honor of LGBT Pride Month, Instagram decided to sponsor five rainbow colored selfie-worthy murals across the world, in London, Madrid, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Nashville. (The Madrid and London murals don’t appear to be up yet.) Nashville’s entry is signed @DCVXIndustries. That’s the business home of artist Adrien Saporiti, responsible for the very selfie-readyI Believe in Nashville” murals. The Instagram murals are meant to give greater visibility to LGBT Pride Month and are accompanied by a #KindComments campaign, encouraging people to make supportive comments on someone’s Instagram page. The Nashville mural was unveiled June 6, and so far the Los Angeles entry is far outpacing Nashville in Instagram hits. The Nashville Pride Festival will be taking place next weekend on June 24th and 25th on Public Square, just a couple blocks from this mural, so expect the Nashville mural to surge soon.

Located where Metro Alley intersects Third Avenue South, between 218 and 222 Third Avenue, right across from the parking lot where the mural featured in Guitars and automobiles is found. This is downtown, so plenty of parking, almost none of it free. There is a Premire Parking lot across the street. Grab a taxi or ride share to the Pride Festival, then stroll down and get you selfie game on!

On your side

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In some neighborhoods, lots of business owners have concluded that public art is important for their brand. In others, it goes more slowly. So kudos to Eric Pirtle of Eric Pirtle Insurance Agency in Donelson for being a pioneer. Outdoor art is a little unusual in Donelson, but there are a few prominent examples (like this one). There is no signature on this work, but the artist does manage a little bit of trompe l’oeil, with some illusion of depth.

Located at 2630 Old Lebanon Road in Donelson. The mural is on the east side of the building, facing the railroad tracks. There is plenty of parking at the agency and nearby. Get a quote on your car insurance and enjoy the art!

All Around and outta here

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One thing this blog seeks to do is document art before it’s gone. There is a rezoning sign out in front of this property. This low wall and concrete floor is about all that’s left of All Around Pressure Washing on Dickerson Road. So while it sits and awaits replacement by some mixed use development, it’s become a canvas for taggers. The requested zoning is MUL-A, which, according to Metro, is for “Mixed Use Limited, intended for a moderate intensity mixture of residential, retail, and office uses.” The “A” is meant for walkable neighborhoods. On this stretch of Dickerson I’m not sure what this means, but maybe a stretch of sidewalk will go in. I can’t decipher the tags, but the one on the right is the same style as the one found in V! Something. There is an apparent signature – “Ask Noss V.” In any event, I imagine these tags are not long for the world. Call it endangered art.

Located at 3968 Dickerson Pike, on the west side of the road, a little north of Clean Quick Carpet Service (at 3492). When I was there is was possible to pull in and park on site.

It’s all in the details

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Art always looks different seen from far away, nearby, or close up. But the three portraits adorning the walls of the Harmon Group take those distinctions to a higher level. All three portraits (see the others below) are done using a photo mosaic technique, by using thousands of smaller images to produce a larger coherent image, though one that tends to disappear the closer you get to the image. (See closeups below.) Harmon is a marketing and advertising firm, and I’ve been able to identify a least a couple of the smaller images as ones on their website gallery, while the others all seem to be in the style of one or another of the campaigns they feature on their website. It makes for attention-getting images, which no doubt was at least part of the intent. People stumbling at night out of 3rd and Lindsley might not fully appreciate them, but you can visit in the daylight to get the full effect. The murals themselves are mounted on thin boards and bolted to the wall.

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Located at 807 Third Avenue South, across from 3rd and Lindlsey, where 3rd is cut off by I-40 and Lafayette. There is parking at Harmon and nearby businesses, particularly right now as the office next door is empty. Get a professional consult on your marketing strategy and enjoy the art!

A railroad runs through it

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A national cemetery is not a place you expect to find much graffiti. Taggers are generally more respectful, and the public and grounds crew quite intolerant. But if a railroad runs through the cemetery, and there’s a bridge the railroad goes under, and that bridge is actually just off of the graveyard grounds, that’s a different story. Where Walton Lane sails over the railroad that splits the Nashville National Cemetary, all these conditions are met. The walls that support the bridge are fairly well covered. Some of the tags are quite familiar. “Mobe,” featured above, is the handle of an artist I’ve featured before, who does both commissioned and “volunteer” murals. The earliest date seems to be 2008, and it looks like some of these tags lie on top of others, so graffiti artists have been using this site for a while. It’s also, as you can see from the photos, used as a camp by homeless Nashvillians.

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Located on the 100 block of Walton Lane under the railroad bridge, in the middle of the southern border of the National Cemetary, 1420 Gallatin Road South. Getting to this is tricky and bends the definition of public art. There is a spot about 50 feet north where the railroad track is level with the cemetery roads on either side. It is possible also to walk up to the west side and scramble up a “trail” to get to that area. The far eastern part, where the homeless camp is, requires either climbing up a four-foot wall, or walking down from Walton Lane. Trains do go through here, homeless sleep here, and the cemetery is right there, so be respectful and think carefully. Or maybe just look at my pictures.

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