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A resolution!

No selfies street art mural by Adrien Saporiti East Nashville

Which pretty much no one will keep. This is a fairly new mural, having gone up in late September. As it lies on the back side of The Basement East, the “no selfie” rule is going to get violated a lot (as long as there isn’t a car parked in front of it, which would be often). It is perhaps commentary on the relationship between selfies/portraits and murals. Businesses like it when people check in on social media at their place, and a mural makes that more likely. Murals and tourism go together, for better or for ill. The #JVNLSCCS tag leads to the Juvenile Success Instagram page, which is Adrien Saporiti’s page, the man behind DCXV and the I Believe in Nashville murals (one of which is on the west side of Basement East near the entrance). There is at least one more No Selfies mural – I’ll blog about it if I ever find it. Whether or not you decide on a No Selfies New Year’s resolution, I wish everyone a happy, safe, and bountiful 2019!

Located at 917 Woodland Street. The mural is on the northeast corner of the building, facing the alley that runs between McFerrin Avenue and Ninth Street South, parallel to Woodland Avenu and Main Street. There is parking in the area – good luck! And perhaps try early in the morning, as there is a parking space right in front of the mural, likely to have a car in it.

In my beautiful balloon

Street art mural of balloon with basket East Nashville

Some outdoor art is explicitly designed to be portrait and selfie-friendly, and that’s certainly the case with much of Kelsey Montague’s work. You can see that clearly on her Instagram page. Certainly that’s true with the wings down in The Gulch, also her work, and like this tagged #WhatLiftsYou. The wings are probably are most famous Nashville mural out of town – locals may be a little more familiar with the multiple I Believe in Nashville murals, particularly the one on 12 South. This Montague work, found on the east side of The Cleo apartments is not likely to attract as many lines as any of those murals, as it’s not in a highly touristed area, though it’s only a few blocks from Five Points. It’s also a bit problematical for portraits because it’s in a narrow alley/driveway, and because even though there are no designated parking spots, it’s not all that unusual to find someone parked in front of. Best bet for getting a nice pic in the gondola is probably early morning. Notably, there is another mural visible from Gallatin if you are south of The Cleo, up on the roof level of the garage. What can be seen looks nice, but it’s not really public art since only the ground floor of the garage is open to the public.

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Located at 1034 West Eastland Ave, near the corner with Gallatin Road, across from the Rite Aid. It’s very visible if you are on Gallatin coming from the north. There is some guest parking at the Cleo, and it’s usually possible to park across the street.

Tin Dog

Nashville street art mural "Welcome to Old Nashville"

Welcome to Old Nashville. That’s an interesting greeting for Tin Dog Tavern to make. On the one hand, it’s relatively new, having opened in 2014. But it’s also true that there’s been a dive bar on this corner of 4th Avenue South for a while. Before it was Tin Dog, it was Purple Heys, and before that, it was TC’s Triangle (the building is triangle shaped). Tin Dog sits in an interesting place. It lies on the border between Wedgewood-Houston and Chestnut Hill, two rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods that still have significant chunks of their older versions. Warehouses, factories, auto repair places and low-income housing sit side-by-side with art galleries and some of the newest high-end housing in town. Just south, the Fairgrounds are poised to become home to Nashville’s major league soccer stadium. Compared to all that, Tin Dog is very much Old Nashville. It’s anyone’s guess how long it, or some succeeding dive bar, will stick it out. The sign is an Eastside Murals creation. On the other side of the building is a graffiti installation that bears tags from the UH crew. (See below).

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Graffiti street art tags Nashville

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Graffiti street art Nashville Tin Dog

Located at 1401 4th Avenue South, at the corner with Rains Avenue. The Welcome to Nashville mural faces Rains Ave. The graffiti mural is on the south side of the building, facing an alleyway. Tin Dog has parking, much of it right in front of the mural. If you want to find the mural car-free, try early in the morning.

Readers

Readers Bronze Statue Front Nashville Green Hills Library

I’ve driven past the Green Hills Library many times, but only recently noticed this statue, even though it was installed in 2000. Sometimes art blends into the background. And it seems appropriate for what will be my last post until after Christmas, a grandfatherly gentleman and a young child enjoying a moment together over the love of reading. The piece is by Russ Faxon, who has some other pieces in town, including the sculpture featured in Chet Atkins, C.G.P.. Commisioned by the library, the sculpture was funded by the Sally and Allen Beaman Foundation, from the same family that owns Beaman Toyota.

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Located at 3701 Benham Avenue. The sculpture lies on the northeast side of the library, facing the road. There is free parking at the library. Grab a book and enjoy the art!

Flower balm

Lip and flowers mural street art Nashville

Back when the spot now occupies by Walden was home to The Hop Stop, there was a first a mural for The Hop Stop on the building housing the bar, and then later another Hop Stop mural appeared across from it on the building where the East Tattoo Collective is found. Now Walden has followed suit, with another Tara Marie Aversa mural to go with the one on the Walden building. (There’s also one inside.) The hashtag is #flowerbalm, hence the blog title, but I did try to come up with something clever about the Rolling Stones. Did you know they had an album called Flowers? News to me – learn something new every day!

Located at 2913 Gallatin Pike, on the south side of the building. There is plenty of parking, but it’s a pay lot. There is no nearby free street parking.

Paradise (Norf Wall gallery, part 13)

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Some of the very first posts on this blog were about the Norf Wall project at the old tire factory at the corner of 19th and Heman (you can read a description of it in the first post about the project, Part 1). The last few pieces I had not yet gotten around to posting about are mostly unsigned ones, but it turns out this piece does have a signature, from Adam Hale, a local artist. You can read something about his approach and hear it from himself in this profile on Raw. Sadly, a lot of the art in this series is hard to see now. The art in the interior courtyard, like this one, is mostly blocked from view as the courtyard has come to be used as a major storage area.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12

See the pin for Part 1 on the map. Located at the north end of the 800 block of 19th Street N., at the corner of Herman Street. It’s impossible to miss. Street parking is very haphazard. There is a lot of art to see here, and also a lot of overgrown weeds (depending on the time of year) so wear the right shoes!

Come together

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Sometimes I blog about art that’s a few years old and doesn’t exist anymore. And sometimes I blog about art less than a week old. There has been a mural explosion on Gallatin Pike, and I could easily spend the next week or two just blogging about all the new murals on that road. One of the newest is this one, “Come Together” by Brian Wooden, he of the headless suits/suits with rose heads. It’s part of a national campaign against gun violence called “End Gun Violence Together” sponsored by Blake Mycoskie and the company he founded, the shoe and apparel company TOMS. This is one of two murals related to the campaign by Wooden in town – the other is in The Gulch and will probably be on this blog someday. It might have been finished earlier if not for the incessant rains of late. It’s part of a national mural campaign promoted by TOMS and Mycoskie. Here’s an example of another take on the design by Ruben Rojas. You can find many more examples on the Instagram page of Tyler Ramsey, an artist who is helping TOMS promote the mural campaign. (Neither his page nor anything at TOMS or on Mycoskie’s page makes clear who made the original design.) I should note this is the second time I have featured gun politics related art. The Dog is a work by Ryan Barbour that supports gun rights (and apparently there are newer sculptures at that site I hope to feature later.)

Located at 2905 Gallatin Pike. It lies on the south side of the building that contains  Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen and The Bowery Vault. The lots around this building and nearby businesses are mostly pay lots (except in the front), but there is some free parking in the alley behind.

The lost art of Bongo East, Part 1

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One of the first murals in town that really grabbed my attention was this one and the one of a boxer next to it. It sat on the north wall of Bongo East, the Five Points branch of the Bongo Java empire. I tried to post about it before, but I realized the only photos I had of it were slightly out of focus (it’s most notable if you look at the signature and tags on the right). And I never got a new picture before construction started in the lot in front of it. I had hoped to photograph it again, as it seemed to be destined to face an open courtyard, but I saw recently that it had been painted over, a white blank wall taking its place. I suppose it clashed with the esthetic of the new building. Interestingly, it’s by Leah Tumerman, the same artist who did the bear mural on the side of Eastside Cycles, which replaced the mural in the banner of this blog, and was somewhat controversial, which I wrote about in one of my very first posts on this blog. This piece is called “Deeply Dimensional Women,” and you can find more pictures of it and close-ups on Timerman’s website. (Interestingly, her large photo of it also seems out of focus on the signature and tags.) The tags include one for Color Theory Studios, so Tinsley Dempsy likely was involved in getting this mural produced. The boxer mural you see in the photo below by Eastside Murals seems to have also been destroyed. It’s certainly blocked from view by the new building. I’ll devote another post to it later.

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Located at 107 Sout 11th Street, or at least it was. The tomato-fist mural still exists, and you can see it from the sidewalk. I’ll post about it later as well. This is Five Points. There is free parking on some of the side streets, but you may have to walk a bit.

Donut art in East Nashville

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I would like to lose weight – this ain’t going to help. Donut Distillery is setting up shop in East Nashville, just a few blocks from my house. Originating as a food truck, Donut Distillery is going brick-and-mortar and bringing new life to the old Mrs. Winners on Gallatin near Five Points. Though not open just yet, it’s already sporting a spiffy new mural by Kristy Oakley, who does business under the name Where the Art Is. Oakley has been on this blog before, for her work in Donelson. This mural most resembles the main mural she did that is featured in Welcome to Donelson, with the large block letters filled with images of local symbols. There are references here to the streets that form Five Points (“E”), East Nashville Magnet (“A” – alma mater long ago of Oprah Winfrey and also just across the street), Mas Tacos Por Favor and Pharmacy Burger Parlor (“T” – Mas Tacos is another food truck now settled down in four walls), The Treehouse (“A”),  the Tomato Art Festival (“S”), Five Points Pizza (“V” – clever – the Roman numeral 5 – “V”  and a pizza slice), I Dream of Weenie (“L”)  and The Idea Hatchery (“E”). The guitar and records (“S”) might be a reference to Woodland Studios or all the music business in the area. The blue awnings in “H” have me stumped. The “L” with our zip code probably references Shelby Bottoms Park and the greenway, and the bottle of beer (“I”) all our many bars. The “N” of course is a nod to the patrons and their business. We also see the downtown skyline as seen from the east side, and the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, which connects East Nashville to downtown.

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Located at 311 Gallatin Avenue. There is plenty of parking, and street parking is available on Ordway Place.

 

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