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The full bee (an update)

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I don’t think I have ever posted the same piece twice. But it seems that the bee on the outside wall of Eddie’s Cee Bee Food Store done by jamersonsgc which I featured in Low key bee was not even half finished! In retrospect, I should have guessed from the grey darker background area around the bee that maybe something else was planned, but the idea that the bee, which was finished, would then have a complex background added to it, did not occur to me. And this is basically twice the mural it was before, so I think I need to do more than just update the photo on the original blog post. Seriously, there was no flower, no bee nest cells, and the only Batman Building was on the face of the bee. I’d say this is a much stronger background for your next Instagram portrait, so head on down to Cee Bee’s! The last I checked there was also an obviously half-finished mural on the back of Cee Bee’s apparently by the same artist – I’m going to be much more patient posting about it!

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Located at 109 Lafayette Street. The mural faces Lafayette. Cee Bee is a grocery store and has plenty of parking. Load up on sundries and enjoy the art!

Low key bee

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The population of bees, which has been in decline of late, is maybe coming around. Of course, if they were all as big as this one, that might not be a good thing! The Nashville artist who goes by jamersonsgc produced this bee for Eddie’s Cee Bee Food Store on Lafayette, a natural design as bees are part of Cee Bee’s logos. Jamerson, who uses the tag #LowKeyArt, also apparently designs clothing, among other things. I actually had to step out in the middle of Lafayette Street to get this shot. The things I do for art! It appears to be dated 2018, and I’m pretty sure I was on Lafayette earlier this year and didn’t see it, so it’s probably pretty new. And hey, there’s the Batman Building!

Update: This mural has been greatly expanded. See The full bee (an update).

Located at 109 Lafayette Street. The mural faces Lafayette. Cee Bee is a grocery store and has plenty of parking. Load up on sundries and enjoy the art!

Fly, squirrel, fly!

Northern Flying Squirrel by Louis Masai

Anyone who has driven down Main Street since late November can not but helped but seen this fantastic mural on the east wall of Hot Yoga East Nashville featuring the two riotously colored Northern Flying Squirrels, which are endangered in their mountainous east Tennessee range, and a bee, another creature under threat.  It’s no coincidence. London-based artist Louis Masai has been touring the country painting colorful murals meant to raise awareness about animals threatened with extinction in a project he calls “The Art of Beeing.” In each site, he looks to highlight a local creature under threat. While the Northern Flying Squirrel has an extensive range in Canada, the subspecies local to the southern Appalachians is considered endangered. Check out Masai’s website for images of other murals from this tour. A film of his tour is being produced by Where’s Kong, and there are a number of videos on Masai’s site already. I happened to catch the artist in the act (below). This work was sponsored by the Nashville Walls Project.

UPDATE: A hotel is under construction which will, when finished, make this mural very difficult to see.

Located at 807 Main Street on the east wall of the Hot Yoga East Nashville studio. Parking is dependent on the class schedule at the HYEN, but there’s other nearby parking.

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