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Breaking through


Across the street from The Gallatin and Straightway Gallery is this Eastside Murals production celebrating Lincoln Tech, what was once known to Nashvillians as Nashville Auto Diesel College. Ian Lawrence and Sterling Goller-Brown of Eastside Murals have done a number of pieces in town, such as the one featured in The cats are loose. Lincoln, and Auto-Diesel before it, of course features a fair amount of training in the automotive arts, and its students can often be seen crossing the street to shop at Jerry’s Market, centerpiece of the Gallatin and Straightway Gallery.

Located at 1524 Gallatin Avenue. The mural is on the south side of the building and actually faces Strouse Avenue. A fair amount of parking, though a little less when classes are in session. Plenty of street parking nearby. Vroom-vroom!


On here grows no leaves

Tree statue Vanderbilt art Nashville

The older part of Vanderbilt University campus, roughly that part bordered by West End to the north and the medical center to the south, between 21st and 24th Avenues, is something of a sculpture garden. Scattered around the grounds are a few statues of people important in Vandy history, as well as some more abstract and “art for art’s sake” pieces. This is my favorite, the “Tree of Learning,” by Greg Wyatt (2000), a gift of the Newington-Cropsey Association. Look close and you’ll notice the trunks are made of human forms. The tree, appropriately, is directly in front of the entrance to the main library, though it wouldn’t look too out of place in front of a haunted house!

Located in front of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library on Library Lawn on the Vanderbilt campus. The library backs up onto 21st Avenue near the corner with Scarritt Place. If you know where SATCO is, just cross the street there and walk up the stairs straight ahead that lead up to Library Lawn. Parking anywhere near Vanderbilt is problematic. Expect to pay or walk a few blocks. Wander the grounds to see the rest of the sculptures. The library has open stacks, so pop in and learn something!

Tree statue Vanderbilt art Nashville

She blinded me with science!

STEM mural street art Nashville
The STEM Preparatory Academy on Foster Avenue in South Nashville sports this prominent display invoking the circuitry that students no doubt learn about. There’s no signature on this trompe l’oeil piece — perhaps a collaboration with the Nashville School of the Arts next door? That juxtaposition raises all kinds of possibilities! UPDATE: This is a Murals and More piece by Michael Cooper. It’s featured prominently on his website.

Located on the TPS Complex on Foster Avenue, in the 1100/1200 block. The mural faces west, and is visible from the road across a green space. No street parking, and on the weekends the parking lots are closed, so you have to park at one of the companies across the street and pretend you didn’t see the “no trespassing” sign at the complex entrance. It’s small. This is a school, so seeing it during the week may depend on school visiting policies.

Run, run, run!

Wilma Rudolph statue Nashville TSU
How public is art on a campus slowly being encircled by fences and gates? Well, even if the TSU campus were locked up tight, this lady would be visible from the road. Built about six years ago, at 46 feet tall the Olympic Statue (sometimes called the Olympian Statue or the Olympic Torch Runner Statue) was created by TSU art professor Jane-Allen McKinney. It honors the long history of TSU Olympians, notably Wilma Rudolph, who won three gold medals for running events in 1960 and a bronze in 1956. The names of TSU Olympians are inscribed on the base.

Located on the TSU campus, off Dr. Walter S. Davis Blvd., near the Gentry Athletic Complex. Virtually impossible to miss.

Olympian statue Nashville TSU

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