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This is post number 300. For this post, I’m updating on the art I know is now gone. The photo above is an Emily Miller piece once found at the corner of Main and McFerrin. Much of Miller’s work is deliberately temporary, drawn on paper and glued to outdoor walls. Her pieces are more durable than you might think, however, and in fact, this one was deliberately removed when the building was repainted. That’s the fate of most of the works listed here – they have been painted over. Others are gone because the building they stood on is gone.

The blog itself is getting a little better all the time. Statistics wise, since I started it in July 2016, 5450 people have visited the blog for a total of 11,006 page views. Modest, but it has been growing. From a couple hundred views a month when I got started, 800 and 900 has become common, it looks like the blog is about to close in on the second month in a row and third overall for more than 1000 views. The empire grows slowly.

All art is temporary, outdoor art in particular. A list, probably incomplete, of art I have chronicled that is gone or substantially erased. (I will be updating these posts in the coming weeks):

Ask not who the wrecking ball calls for (one building destroyed, another painted over)

The Vape USA Gallery (painted over)

The doomed graffiti wars of Madison Mills (painted over)

Unsafe at any speed (painted over)

Ch-ch-ch-changes! (removed – the Miller piece above)

The Carquest Gallery, Part 1The Carquest Gallery, Part 2 (partially painted over)

Where you at?! (painted over)

Color me gone – soon (building destroyed)

The ghost of craft beers past (painted over)

A flower grows in East Nashville (painted over; replaced with new mural)

Going, going gone (painted over)

Sorry you missed the show (painted over)

Children’s Art on Jefferson Street (removed)

Super visible, very temporary, hard to reach (replaced with a billboard)

Woodland creatures, Part 1 (severely deteriorated, and then removed)

The Zoop Gallery on 8th South (removed and/or deteriorated, replaced)

The ruins of 21st and Linden (lost to construction)

Oz Arts Inside/Out, Part 2 (removed)

On imagined seas (painted over, replaced with new mural)

Big Blue (painted over, replaced with new sign)

Frutas! (partially painted over, replaced with new mural)

Wanda (painted over, replaced with new mural)

Wanda

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Wanda Jackson, the rockabilly legend, 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is going to be giving a show in a few days headlining the Muddy Roots Music Music Valley Jamboree at the Nashville Palace. Muddy Roots is big on murals advertising their music and their shows. There are at least three in the East Nashville area. As a concert mural, this is probably temporary, but it’s too grand to ignore. Jackson is known for wearing pink and playing a pink guitar, so it makes sense that artists Milton Chavez and Jason Galaz chose a bright, in-your-face pink backdrop. Go get your selfie before it gets replaced with another concert mural!

Located at 1309 McGavock Pike, on the side of Relax and Wrap Barber and Style (well, that’s what the sign says – on the internet, it’s known and Relaxing Wraps Barber and Style.) There’s plenty of parking here and across the street, though often full with partons of the Village Pub and Garden. Baily and Cato, sadly, has closed. Get a cut, grab some grub, and enjoy the art!

Sorry you missed the show

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I’m normally a little wary about featuring concert ad murals. They get painted over quick. But this one is for a show back in March, it’s still there, the building seems only part occupied, and it’s a very nice mural, so who knows how long it will last? Still, we have to call this temporary art. BJ The Chicago Kid, Xavier Omär, and Kamau gave a rockin’ show on March 20th – or so I imagine! The artist is Bryan Deese, who has done a number of murals around town. He signs this piece with his website address, but that leads to a blog not updated since 2014. Try his Instagram account for more up to date information about his work. And if you go visit this one and it’s gone, you can still see a Bryan Deese mural across the street.

UPDATE: This mural has been painted over.

Located at 2622 Jefferson Street. The mural is on the west side of the building. There is plenty of parking at 2622 and nearby businesses. If the church on the west side is out of session, there is lots of parking there.

With mind and spirit soaring

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That’s the motto of the Episcopal School of Nashville, who commissioned Chip Boles to produce this mural to grace their parking lot/basketball court. Boles, whose mural work seems to be mostly in indoor locations, used the theme as inspiration for “Nashville Community,” as he has dubbed the mural. Familiar Nashville icons grace the mural, though I’ve seen more possums than raccoons myself! There is also a more abstract piece behind it that pushes the limits of the term “public art.” While the Boles mural is clearly visible from Woodland Street, the other piece (last picture at the bottom), while outdoors, can only be clearly seen if you get up on the porch of the school building, which you would need permission from the school operators to do. We’ll call it “hidden art.” My guess is it is also temporary student art.

Located at 419 Woodland Street, just west of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, near the corner of 5th and Woodland. The parking lot has a gate, but it is often open after hours. During the school day this is, of course, a working school, so you should probably not approach without permission. The Boles mural is fairly easy to see from the street if the gate is locked.

Oz Arts Inside/Out, Part 3

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The largest of the Oz Arts Inside/Out project murals, this one is at the main Oz Arts campus. See Part 1 for a longer description. Below is a detail that just happens to include a personal friend of mine, and so I’ve also added a selfie of me and my friend, Laura.

Located on the north wall of the Oz Arts building at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. Park in the visitors parking out front and walk around to the north side. Take in the rest of the outdoor art at Oz Arts while you are at it.

Part 1 (with a longer description)

Part 2

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Oz Arts Inside/Out, Part 2

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The Merchant’s Corner version of Oz Arts Inside/Out Project. See Part 1 for details. Your intrepid blogger interacts with the art below (and no, I don’t know that guy).

Located on the east wall (facing Fourth Avenue S.) of Merchants, itself at 401 Broadway. This is the heart of lower broad, and parking is always a problem. Good luck!

Part 1 (with a longer description)

Part 3

Part 4

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Oz Arts Inside/Out, Part 1

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As part of French artist JR’s worldwide Inside/Out project, OZ Arts Nashville took a giant camera around Nashville back in June to take giant portraits of hundreds of Nashvillians. The photos were turned into posters, and the posters were put up at three sites – on the OZ Arts campus itself, at Casa Azafrán on Nolensville Rd., and down at Merchant’s Corner off Lower Broad. This is by definition temporary art, and indeed, I can’t vouch for the current condition of any of these. I took the Casa Azafrán picture shown above in late June just after it went up, the Merchant’s Corner picture a few days after that, and the OZ Arts picture last week. A gallery of the individual portraits can be seen here on the Oz Arts website.

The Casa Azafrán mural is found on the north wall of Casa Azafrán at  2195 Nolensville Pike. Parking is fairly easy, and the mural is probably easier to access if you park out back. Links to the other two sites below.

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Part 3

Part 4

The ruins of 21st and Linden


There used to be a building here. It was striped, white and black. A fairly anonymous building where people used to work. I drove by it any number of times; now it’s gone. No doubt something will replace it soon enough.
Which means the drawings and tags on the retaing walls are definitely temporary. A couple of them are interesting, notably the horse and bird and the Statue of Liberty.

Located at what would have been 2101 West Linden Avenue, on the west side of 21st Avenue South. You can park on Linden easily and walk down into the ruins. This is likely to be a construction site before long, however.

The Zoop Gallery on 8th South


Under the I-65/I-40 interchange on 8th Avenue South, there are four posters (as of 7/16/2016) put up on bridge pillars on opposite sides of the road, all signed by “Zoop.” There is, in fact, an Instagram account for @zoopstreetart that features these images and others. File these posters under “temporary art,” but if the artist keeps at it, I’ll probably feature some more “Zoop galleries” in the future. There are two versions of the top image on the east side of the road, while the two below are found on the west side.

UPDATE: These pieces are gone, but keep an eye out, as “Zoop” continues to put up similar pieces around town.

Located on 8th Avenue South, south of Division St., on pillars of the second most northern bridge of the I-65/I-40 interchange. Park off Division St. or at one of the businesses just south of the bridges (probably easier).

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