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Woodland creatures, Part 1


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


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

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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.

Children’s Art on Jefferson Street

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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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