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Flowers of Walden

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Murals come and murals go. This was once the site of a hoppy mural featured in Have a beer! A really big beer!. But the sponsoring bar, The Hop Stop, closed. Soon, a new bar called Walden came to occupy the space. A new bar, of course, meant the need for a new mural. This explosion of flowers is the work of Tara Marie Aversa, and from the looks of that page, flowers are a common theme in her paintings. There’s a photo of her at work on this mural, and she also did a flower themed mural inside the bar.

Located at 2909-B Gallatin Pike. There is plenty of parking, but it’s a pay lot. There is no nearby free street parking.

Mother Earth

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It seems that jamersonsgc is on a mission. Several pieces of his have appeared along and near the Lafayette Street corridor in the general vicinity of the JC Napier Homes. This piece is on the back side of Tito’s Gyro Grill on Lafayette. (They don’t have a website or social media presence.) The pan-African themes are pretty evident in this piece. Look close at the face (below) and you’ll see a number of mathematical equations as well. While it isn’t signed per se, Low Key Art is a tagline Jamerson uses. He also did a skyline on the front of the building (which is partially obscured by a sign) – see below. And he has updated the piece I featured in Low key bee, so look for new photos on that post soon.

 

Locat at 13 Lafayette Street. This is just a few steps from the complicated intersection with 2nd Avenue South and McCann Street. It is conceivable to park along the gravel driveway that links Lafayette and 2nd, or in the yard in front of the mural, though that’s not certain. Tito’s has very limited parking. You could also try parking on McCann.

Honey

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That’s what “miel” means in Spanish. And if you look close at the mostly mushroom-themed mural, you’ll see a bee in the upper center area. Miel is the name of a generally well-reviewed restaurant found in Sylvan Park just off Charlotte Pike. Miel prides itself on using local ingredients and maintaining sustainable practices. It’s a foody kind of place where you should probably get reservations. The mural is by Andie Estes (@byandie on Instagram), who besides the mural seems to also be responsible for much of Miel’s branding. Based on Miel’s Instagram account, this seems to be a very recent mural, having gone up in late July.

UPDATE: I have been told by the artist that “the mural is an abstract representation of the garden the owner has built onsite.”

Located at 343 53rd Avenue North, within sight of Charlotte Pike, behind Bobbie’s Dairy Dip. There is some limited street parking. Miel’s is not open for lunch, so in the morning and early afternoon, you can probably park in their small lot. Get some quality grub and enjoy the art!

Dogs, beer, signs

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There are a lot of dog lovers in East Nashville. You see people out walking their dogs all the time, everywhere. So it only makes sense for East Nashville Beer Works to create a dog-friendly area to get some of that dog-lover money. You can’t have them coming in the front door though since ENBW sells food. Hence a special entrance with a special sign, this one by David W. of Manecoon Design Company. ENBW made that a little bit hard to track down – they don’t credit artists on their website, Facebook page, or Twitter account, but you can find artists’ names on their Instagram account. And I say “artists” because they also have a couple of nice signs that were done by Bryce Damuth, who bills himself as both an artist and a comedian. See his work below.

Located at 320 East Trinity Lane. The white sign is on the east side of the building, everything else is on the west side. ENBW has a fair amount of parking. Bring Rover, grab some beer, and enjoy the art!

Catered art

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Sadly, Carloyn’s Homestyle Kitchen has closed, at least as a restaurant. But as a catering service and a venue for art, it’s going strong. On the north side of the building, we see a scene from the inside (taken at a weird angle because of a fence), while on the back there are portraits, presumably of some of the staff at Carolyn’s. There is also on the south wall what appears to be a “lost” portrait, which I’ve included below. No apparent signatures, and the wear and tear suggests at least some of this has been here for a while. It does look similar to the art seen in Down at the corner and Northside Auto Clean Up, both of which are a few blocks away. The Buchanan Street area is undergoing rapid change, so the long-term fate of these paintings is unknown, but as part of neighborhood history, I hope they stick around.

Located at 1601 Ninth Avenue North, at the corner of Garfield Street. The main mural is on the north side of the building, visible from 9th, while the three ladies below are on the back, visible from Garfield. The lost portrait faces Garfield. Order up some good eats for your next party and enjoy the art!

La Cocina Dominicana

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There’s been a bit of a theme of lost art recently on this blog, and here is another example, but with a twist. The vibrant piece above is alive and well and advertising Dominican food on Nolensville Road. But what is now La Cocina Dominicana used to be Carribean Express, with a mural I featured in I’m just here for the food. That mural also featured the out of kilter parking sign, but Grenadian symbolism has now been replaced with Dominican imagery. Sadly, I never went to Carribean Express. I don’t intend to make that mistake again. The mural here is the work of Jose F. Vargas, who has worked on other Latino businesses and who I’ve featured before in posts like Gotta get that bling!.

Located at 4407 Nolensville Pike. There is parking in the back. If you are new to Dominican food, try the mofongo. Chow down and enjoy the art!

Athens of the South

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Last summer this mural went up on a new restaurant that wasn’t even open at the time. Usually, you get the business first and the art later, but art seems to be a key element of Greko Greek Street Food, as the interior walls are heavily decorated as well. It makes some sense that Mobe Oner (nome de paintbrush of Eric Bass) of would feature Athens as part of a mural for a Greek restaurant, but “Athens of the South” is a nickname for Nashville that rests on the presence of Vanderbilt and later many other universities. (Your intrepid blogger, as both a Vandy and a UGA grad, is torn about this, as there is another southern university town actually named “Athens.”) This is one of the reasons that Nashville sports a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in the original Athens. The Nashville Parthenon is seen in the “H,” while “A” recognizes the Predators and the Titans, “T” the restaurant itself, “E” The Stage on Broadway, and “N” the Nashville skyline. “S” contains one of the best known though not best-loved pieces of outdoor art in Nashville, the Musica statue. I have yet to blog about it. Someday.

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Located at 704 Main Street. The mural is on the east side of the building, facing the parking lot of the Mapco Mart next door. Greko has parking, and there is some free parking on 7th street. Grab you some skewered grilled meat and enjoy the art!

Porcine Angels

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Get the white sauce. White sauce barbeque you ask? Trust me on this. Get the white sauce. I first started going to Hog Heaven in my graduate years at Vanderbilt, just a few years after it opened, and I remain a fan. The sign/mural is signed “Atrau Palin 2010.” That name leads to a MySpace page that doesn’t seem to have any art on it. There is also a page entitled “Art by Atrau Palin” that also has no art on it. But this sign at least is fun, and perhaps someday Palin will come out of the woodwork to do more work in the future.

Get the white sauce.

Located at 115 27th Avenue South. The mural is on the south side of the building. Hog Heaven is right off of the 2700 block of West End behind the McDonalds and next to the world famous (well, it ought to be) dive bar Springwater. Hog Heaven faces Centennial Park. There is some street parking nearby and some in the park, so get you a BBQ picnic and enjoy the art!

Treehouse Art

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This would qualify as hidden (or semi-hidden) art were it not for the scads and scads of people grabbing some of the only free parking in Five Points. The mural sits on the backside of The Treehouse Restaraunt. Treehouse opened in 2013 and quickly gained a solid reputation, though the mural didn’t appear until June 2015. Treehouse’s Instagram account credits the Brothers Collective made up of Joseph Copeland and Alic Brock. Brock is better known (at least in his artist persona) as Alic Daniel, and has been seen on this blog in Off the wall (Part 2). Hans seems to have deleted his Instagram and other accounts, and I haven’t been able to locate him. The scribbled lines are characteristic of Daniel. The rest, including Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill the Butcher and various presidents, I’m uncertain as to the contributor. It’s impossible, certainly without a fisheye lens, to get the whole mural into one shot. See below for the rest and for close-ups.

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Located at 1011 Clearview Ave. Clearview is the narrow road not much bigger than an alley that is the fifth road in Five Points. The mural is on the back (north) side of the building, facing the alley. You are unlikely to get a clear view of the mural when Treehouse is open – your best bet is early in the morning. Free parking is available on Clearview and some neighboring streets, and there are numerous pay lots nearby.

 

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