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Temporary Art

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


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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