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The Nations Wall – Part 5

Graffiti mural street art Nashville

This is the fifth in the series on The Nations Wall, a massive set of murals on the west-facing wall of Music City Tents and Events, organized by the Nashville Walls Project. It’s the fifth piece going from left to right (roughly north to south), and it’s by the artist Troy Duff. Duff is a prolific local artist working mostly in a graffiti-heavy style. I believe the word here is “KREST.” (#krestonegraffiti is a tag Duff uses a lot on Instagram.) He’s been featured several times on this blog, including in Eastland graffiti and A window on Nashville.

Images of the entire wall with all the murals together can be found in Part 1.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10

Located at 5901 California Ave, Nashville, TN 37209. The murals actually face the 1300 and 1400 block of 60th Avenue North, across from the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue. Street parking is possible nearby.

The Nations Wall – Part 4

Woman mural street art Nashville

This is the fourth in the series on The Nations Wall, a massive set of murals on the west-facing wall of Music City Tents and Events, organized by the Nashville Walls Project. It’s the fourth piece going from left to right (roughly north to south), and it’s (mainly) by Chris Zidek, who often signs his work “Zidekahedron.” This one isn’t signed, but the figure looks like the ones by him seen in Guitars and automobiles and in From me to you (which has since been painted over). A quick look at his Instagram page confirms it. It also confirms that the ball of flame, which doesn’t really look like Zidek’s style, isn’t, and is, in fact, the work of Folek Kelof, who has in own piece in the series. So a multi-artist mural for a multi-artist wall!

Images of the entire wall with all the murals together can be found in Part 1.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10

Located at 5901 California Ave, Nashville, TN 37209. The murals actually face the 1300 and 1400 block of 60th Avenue North, across from the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue. Street parking is possible nearby.

The Nations Wall – Part 3

Rebel mural street art Nashville

This is the third in the series on The Nations Wall, a massive set of murals on the west-facing wall of Music City Tents and Events, organized by the Nashville Walls Project. It’s the third piece going from left to right (roughly north to south), and it’s by the artist who goes by TheRebelAtLarge. From some photos on his Instagram account of him doing the mural I know that the whole message is “Moving Together as One.” Either the paint can or the raised thumbs represents “one.” A Nashville skyline can be seen in the can’s sunglasses, and on the top of the can you can see the word “chulo.” “Chulo” generally means things like pretty, fancy, fashionable, or hot, but it means a lot of other things too, depending on where you are from.  Hey, that’s definitely a tricked-out spraypaint can! ¡Muy chulo!

Images of the entire wall with all the murals together can be found in Part 1.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10

Located at 5901 California Ave, Nashville, TN 37209. The murals actually face the 1300 and 1400 block of 60th Avenue North, across from the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue. Street parking is possible nearby.

The Nations Wall – Part 2

Horse mural street art Nashville

This is the second in the series on The Nations Wall, a massive set of murals on the west-facing wall of Music City Tents and Events, organized by the Nashville Walls Project. This is the second piece going from left to right (roughly north to south), and it’s by Herb Williams. Brightly striped animals are something of a theme of his, as seen in Back with a kick and Guitars and automobiles. He’s also known for sculptures and wall hangings made out of crayons. You can see some of those at The Rymer Gallery on 5th Ave. (Why didn’t I crop the picture to isolate the mural? Blame Facebook’s cropping of shared images.)

Images of the entire wall with all the murals together can be found in Part 1.

Part 1 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10

Located at 5901 California Ave, Nashville, TN 37209. The murals actually face the 1300 and 1400 block of 60th Avenue North, across from the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue. Street parking is possible nearby.

The Nations Wall – Part 1

Woodeb Nations mural street art Nashville

A few months ago, a massive set of new murals appeared on the west-facing wall of Music City Tents and Events, with a giant “The Nations” logo as its centerpiece. It was sponsored by the Nashville Walls Project (though as of this publication date it does not appear on their website). It brings together on one wall many of Nashville’s most prolific muralists. My intention is to work through it left to right, which is approximately north to south. I will also include in this first post of the series images of what the whole wall looks like together (see below). This first one is by Brian Wooden, and here we see a common theme of his, the headless well-dressed man. You’ll find it elsewhere, such as in the murals featured in Sharp dressed man with roses and Striding.

Nations mural street art Nashville

Nations mural street art Nashville

Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10

Located at 5901 California Ave, Nashville, TN 37209. The murals actually face the 1300 and 1400 block of 60th Avenue North, across from the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue. Street parking is possible nearby.

As long as the grass shall grow

Meulman mural street art Nashville

On this blog, I have been a little slow on documenting the big murals downtown, and this is one of the last I’ve gotten to. Like many of these murals, this one is part of the Nashville Walls Project. It was created in 2016 (aren’t I timely?) by the Dutch artist Niels Shoe Meulman. It’s done in a style he calls “Calligrafiti,” mixing elements of graffiti and calligraphy. In this case, it was also a messy process, as you can see from the photo series on the NWP website. The words come from the chorus of a song written by Peter LaFarge and performed by Johnny Cash, “As Long as the Grass Shall Grow.” It’s found on Cash’s 1964 album, Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a concept album about the history and problems of Native Americans. It’s a reference to the broken promises in many of the treaties signed between the United States and Native Americans.

As long as the moon shall rise, as long as the rivers flow
As long as the sun will shine, as long as the grass shall grow

Located at 144 Fifth Avenue North, the address of the L & C Garage. It lies directly behind the Downtown Presbyterian Church. Obviously, there is parking, but as this is downtown, so none of the nearby parking is free.

Windows and rooms

Abstract mural street art Nashville

This one has been up for a while, and I photographed it ages ago, but I had mistakenly filed it as something I had already blogged about. Certainly, anyone who walks down Church Street anywhere near Fifth is going to have seen it. It’s a Nashville Walls Project sponsored piece, done by the Mexican artist Favio Martinez, who goes by Curiot. (Learn a little more about him here – his own page doesn’t have biographical information.) There’s no title for this work, but Curiot makes clever use of the building’s features in a way that suggests windows into strange rooms and landscapes, hence the title for this blog post. I have seen it misattributed to Rone, who did not this one but the one right next to it featured in Forget the past.

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 which is just down the street to the east, but you need validation. So do some research and enjoy the art!

 

Beautiful Decay

BeautifulDecay

This mural manages to be both very large and yet somewhat hidden as well, located as it in an alleyway behind the Downtown Presbyterian Church. Part of the Nashville Walls Project, this mural, called “Beautiful Decay,” is by the Berlin-based American artist Tavar Zawacki. Zawacki started his career as an anonymous graffiti artist using the handle “ABOVE.” In time, he made use of an “above arrow” as his signature. Now that he has come out of the shadows, arrows are still a motif in his work. You can read his description of this mural on his website, and the Nashville Walls Project has a nice photo spread showing the creation of the mural. The trompe l’oeil lends itself to some obvious picture ideas.

Located at 144 5th Avenue North. That’s the address of the parking garage it’s painted on. The church it’s behind is at 154 5th Avenue North, at the corner with Church Street. This is downtown – plenty of parking, almost none of it free.

Rivive

ReviveFullWall

No, I didn’t misspell “revive.” This Nashville Walls Project mural is by Beau Stanton and was done in collaboration with Rivive, a non-profit that looks to raise awareness about and improve river resources in the Nashville area. So talk to them about my spell checker going nuts! The water theme is clear, with a Greco-Roman woman pouring out water, along with fish and other water life. Blanton has some nice photos on his website (including a timelapse video) as does Nashville Walls Project (including photos of the production on the mural). It’s a hard mural to shoot, given its enormous size and the fact there is a building across the street. Certainly, it makes the downtown version of Blush easy to find!  (The writing on the far corner of the building is part of another mural I haven’t blogged about yet.)

Located at 144 5th Avenue North. This is downtown, so there is plenty of parking, none of it free.

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