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Guitars and automobiles

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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.

UPDATE: A hotel is under construction which will, when finished, make this mural very difficult to see.

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

Part 1 Part 2 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12

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.

Off the wall (Part 2)

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In the last few days, the Off the Wall project has produced two new murals on the long white wall that separates Abbot West Storage from Charlotte Avenue. This piece is by Alic Daniel, a Nashville artist who specializes in calligraphic lines and scribbles. It immediately brought to mind the scribbled out graffiti from The doomed graffiti wars of Madison Mills. It seems to invite you to figure out what’s been scribbled over, but I can assure this section of wall was quite blank before this piece went up. At least one more post in this series is coming soon, and I’m keeping an eye out for even more murals. See Part 1 for more details.

Part 1 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12

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.

Off the wall (Part 1)

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The Off the Wall project is the work of a number of artists working to spread art along the Charlotte corridor, notably along Abbot West Storage‘s long white wall that faces Charlotte. One of the prime movers behind this project is Tinsley Anne Dempsey of Color Theory Studios. I’ve mentioned her work before in The fish was thiiiis big!. The artist of this piece is Seth Prestwood. This piece has been up for a while, but I’m finally getting around to posting it because a new mural has recently appeared on the same wall that I’ll be featuring soon (hence this is Part 1). And yes, I stood in the middle of Charlotte to take the picture above. The things I do for art. Part 2 will appear soon.

Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12

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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