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Temporary Art

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.

Part 2

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.

A suicide king provides an anatomy lesson


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.

Children’s Art on Jefferson Street


Some public art is by definition temporary. In mid-May (2016) I photographed these children’s works decorating a fence along a construction site at 10th and Jefferson. Please comment below if you know the origin of these works.

UPDATE: These works have since been removed, as the construction project is long finished.

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