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Bang, bang (Norf Wall gallery, part 3)

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This is another of the panels at the old tire factory on 19th near Herman, and it’s one of the ones that is often found behind a locked gate, so I’m putting it down as hidden art. The piece is signed by @alivepaint, the Instagram handle of Jamond Bullock. Bullock has a website listed on his Instagram account, but the link is currently dead. However, Bullock is from Memphis, and you can find a biography and artist statement for him on the website of Memphis’s Urban Art Commission. For more information on the Norf Wall project, see part 1.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12 Part 13

See the pin for Part 1 on the map. Located at the north end of the 800 block of 19th Street N., at the corner of Herman Street. It’s impossible to miss. Street parking is very haphazard. There is a lot of art to see here, and also a lot of overgrown weeds (depending on the time of year) so wear the right shoes!

A bubbly view (Norf Wall gallery, part 2)

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Many of the murals at the old tire factory on 19th street are actually inside the grounds of the factory, which means they are not always available, as the gates are locked. This Norf Art Collective piece, however, is visible through the fence from the street, even if the gates are locked. Not sure about the signatures on the lower left.

Part 1 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12 Part 13

Located at the north end of the 800 block of 19th Street N., at the corner of Herman Street. It’s impossible to miss. Street parking is very haphazard. There is a lot of art to see here, and also a lot of overgrown weeds (depending on the time of year) so wear the right shoes! See the marker for Part 1 on the map.

W.E.B. DuBois (Norf Wall gallery, part 1)

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This mural, found on 19th Street near Herman, is part of the recent push to promote more public art in North Nashville. Jay Jenkins, a North Nashville artist and Tennessee State University graduate, got a THRIVE grant in 2015 from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission to produce a number of murals on the grounds of an old tire factory a little south of Fisk and Meharry. the Norf Wall Fest was born, and soon the factory grounds were covered in art. Many of the artists involved in the Norf Wall Fest went on to become part of the Norf Art Collective. The piece featured here was done by Nashville artist Brad Wells, who has since passed away.  This is one of the quieter murals in the set, befitting the dignity of the memory of W.E.B. DuBois. Most of the other murals found in and around the old factory are much more exuberant and playful. I could do a month of blog posts on them, but instead, I will pepper them into the blog from time to time as I explore the rest of the city. It’s a place worth exploring on your own.

Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12 Part 13

Located at the north end of the 800 block of 19th Street N., at the corner of Herman Street. It’s impossible to miss. Street parking is very haphazard. There is a lot of art to see here, and also a lot of overgrown weeds (depending on the time of year) so wear the right shoes!

Guitar heroes

Guitarists mural street art Nashville

The Norf Collective continues to expand its repertoire, turning much of the Jefferson Street neighborhood into a growing art gallery. With help from a grant from United Healthcare, several new works have gone up recently, including this enormous Dough Joe piece on the west wall of the Elks Lodge. And I do mean enormous, as the picture above is only part of an even larger piece (see below). Dough Joe told Fox 17 that the main panel pays homage to an epic guitar battle between Johnny Jones and Jimi Hendrix back when the building housed Club Baron. Efforts are underway to get historic status for the building, so hopefully this mural will be in place for a long time.

Located at 2614 Jefferson Street. Plenty of nearby parking.

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