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Off the wall (Part 5)

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Choo choo! No sooner do I post a new mural from the Off the Wall project on Charlotte, more appear. This one has actually been up for some time and is a product of the UH crew, a prolific local graffiti and mural crew. You can see some of their work in posts like And we’re back! The image is a homage to the tradition of tagging both trains and the bridges and walls that part of the track system. Also, there are nearby tracks, including one that goes through Abbot West Storage, whose wall the mural is painted on. For information on the Off the Wall project, see Part 1. See the pin for Part 1 on the map.

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Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Located at 3020 Charlotte Avenue. Your best bet for parking is perhaps across the street at Cross Fit Nashville or street parking on 31st Avenue north of Charlotte.

Forget the past

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I have to say I’ve been a little intimidated to post about the big downtown projects. Not entirely, but this is “official” stuff organized by people who know what they are talking about as opposed to what they can find on Google. Plus – it’s really hard to get good pictures of the downtown murals. So much traffic, so many cars, terrible shadows. But here we go. This 2016 piece is by Tyrone Wright, an Australian artist who goes by RONE. (His art is easier to view on his Instagram page.) It’s a Nashville Walls Project production – I talked about them in Guitars and automobiles (and I need to set up a category for them). I use the title “Forget the Past” because there is a 2015 RONE print by that name that is very similar to the piece above, which I’ve not been able to track down a name for. RONE does a lot of these giant faces of mysterious women. They certainly catch your attention.

Located at 530 Church Street. There’s a parking lot right in front (common for downtown art), but like most of the nearby parking, it is not free. There is free parking for patrons of the downtown branch of Nashville Public Library you see in the background, but you need validation. So do some research and enjoy the art!

Off the Wall (Part 4)

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I haven’t posted on the Off The Wall project in a while, and in my absence, new murals have appeared, both on Charlotte and on 28th Ave. This mural, “Take Flight,” which once again had me standing in the middle of busy Charlotte Avenue taking pictures (it’s OK if you’re in the turn lane, right?) is signed @bongangart. This is the Instagram handle of Atlanta artist Kevin Bongang. Bongang not only paints walls. You can also get his colorful creations on hoodies, backpacks, and more. Check out Part 1 for more details about the Off the Wall project. See the map pin for Part 1.

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Located at 3020 Charlotte Avenue. Your best bet for parking is perhaps across the street at Cross Fit Nashville or street parking on 31st Avenue north of Charlotte.

You sure that was just a sugar pill?

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Down on Roy Acuff Place, across the street from historic RCA Studio B, a surreal scene may make you doubt your sanity. Two singing cowboys, one atop a crawfish, the other astride a snapping turtle, adorn the south wall of the building that holds Carnival Music and Little Extra Music. The surreal scene is brought to us by artist Mike Shine, who’s work often reflects a world just a little off-kilter, and often a whole lot. The mural itself is part of the Nashville Walls Project, which I described in Guitars and automobiles. You can see a slideshow of Shine working on the mural on the NWP website. Just lay off the peyote, ok?

The address of the building is 24 Music Square West, but the mural itself faces the 1600 block of Roy Acuff Place. This is a tough neighborhood to park in, though easier on the weekend. You might have to walk a bit, or catch it on a guided tour of Music Row!

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Just because of how many artists are involved, this is a complicated mural to talk about. The “Gibson Tribute Wall” is a product of the Nashville Walls Project. The NWP is a collective of artists and local leaders, organized by Brian Greif, that seek to cover much of downtown and beyond with major art pieces, and are already responsible for a number of major projects. It’s sponsored in part by Gibson Custom Division, and FirstBank donated in particular for this piece. While the NWP seeks to bring in international artists for its projects, this mural was put together by Nashville artists. Starting at far left, the striped deer with butterflies is by Herb Williams, who is known for his multicolored animals, large and small, including a tiny butterfly that seems to have escaped the main mural (see below). Next is a work by Chris Zidek, who signs his work Zidekahedron and among other things did the octopus in Uncovered! Sam Dunson is responsible for the laughing hashtag man, while Emily Miller‘s work is recognizable to anyone who’s been in this town for very long (and keeps their eye open for guerrilla poster art). Finally, the young boys fishing on Leggo blocks are the work of Brian Donahue, who, like your intrepid blogger, is a professor at Tennessee State University.

Located at 213 Third Avenue North, between Chruch and Union, on the north wall of the building. The lot in front of the mural is a Premiere Parking lot, which Google Maps labels as Bank Alley. Bank Alley crosses Printer’s Alley just to the right of this mural. Obviously, there’s parking, but like just about everywhere downtown, it’s not free. The mural is well lit – grab a taxi or a ride share and make it part of your pub crawl on Printer’s Ally!

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Fly, squirrel, fly!

Northern Flying Squirrel by Louis Masai

Anyone who has driven down Main Street since late November can not but helped but seen this fantastic mural on the east wall of Hot Yoga East Nashville featuring the two riotously colored Northern Flying Squirrels, which are endangered in their mountainous east Tennessee range, and a bee, another creature under threat.  It’s no coincidence. London-based artist Louis Masai has been touring the country painting colorful murals meant to raise awareness about animals threatened with extinction in a project he calls “The Art of Beeing.” In each site, he looks to highlight a local creature under threat. While the Northern Flying Squirrel has an extensive range in Canada, the subspecies local to the southern Appalachians is considered endangered.Check out Masai’s website for images of other murals from this tour. A film of his tour is being produced by Where’s Kong, and there are a number of videos on Masai’s site already. I happened to catch the artist in the act (below). This work was sponsored by the Nashville Walls Project.

Located at 807 Main Street on the east wall of the Hot Yoga East Nashville studio. Parking is dependent on the class schedule at the HYEN, but there’s other nearby parking.

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Off the wall (part 3)

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Another of the new panels in the Off the Wall project on Charlotte Avenue. This one is a product of a Chicago artist who goes by Sentrock. The man in the bird mask is a common theme in his work. Certainly, it makes for an eye-catching statement on an otherwise fairly plain stretch of Charlotte. See Part 1 for more details

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See the pin for Part 1 on the map. Located at 3020 Charlotte Avenue. Your best bet for parking is perhaps across the street at Cross Fit Nashville or street parking on 31st Avenue north of Charlotte.

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