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Temporary Art

With mind and spirit soaring


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.

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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!

UPDATE: This mural no longer exists.

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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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The ruins of 21st and Linden

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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 retaining 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.

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The Zoop Gallery on 8th South

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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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Woodland creatures, Part 1

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I took this picture of these two charming raccoons a few weeks ago and I’m glad I did. Turns out it’s a sticker (about three feet wide), and it’s already beginning to deteriorate. I should have realized it was a sticker to begin with, because stylistically it closely resembles others that have appeared in the Woodland/ South Gallatin area. I have pictures of some of those that I’ll be posting under “lost art” and “damaged art” in the future.

Found on the street-side face of 927 Woodland Street at the eastern end. Not in good as shape as it appears above.

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UPDATE: I think I’ve identified the artist: Emily Miller. Check out her work! And I do in fact have a couple more “creatures of Woodland” to post. The piece above, sadly, is in bad shape now.

UPDATE 2: It was indeed an Emily Miller piece. It no longer exists, however.

Super visible, very temporary, hard to reach

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This graffiti installation is highly visible as you head south on I-24 just past the I-65 interchange but before the Jefferson St. exit. It’s temporary of course — that’s way too valuable real estate to leave it in place for long. Expect it to disappear soon.

I can’t really shoot it from the interstate though, so I tried to approach it from off Dickerson Rd. The various businesses along that stretch of Dickerson though have a lot of fences and a lot of razor wire, and this is as close as I got, looking through a fence at the end of a driveway on the north side of Capitol City Scaffolding. It was only after I got out of the car that I realized the end of that driveway is something of a homeless encampment. I didn’t feel unsafe, but I did feel rude just barging into their space.

Located between Capitol City Scaffolding and I-24 at 808 Dickerson Pike. Maybe if you ask nice at CCS they’ll let you back there, but the place looks like a bit of a fortress. Best viewed heading south on the east side of the loop on I-24. And soon, as before long this post will likely be the only evidence it was ever there.

Well, the artist probably took pictures.

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I took this picture in mid-June of a poster on an electrical box. I didn’t even notice that the hearts were anatomically correct (more or less) – my walking companion had to point this out. Outdoor art is almost by definition temporary, and a poster slapped on a metal box is definitely so. This one shows up on current Google Street View (as of 7/2/2016) so it may be a bit sturdier than it looks. Just east of Koi Sushi and Thai at 923 Main Street, right on the sidewalk.

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