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Tunnel of art

Graffiti street art mural Nashville
You know what doesn’t work well when sweat from your forehead pours on it? iPhones don’t. I took these on a July bike ride, and it wasn’t easy!

There is both official and unofficial public art along Nashville’s greenways; this falls in the official category. And the recent category, too, as these murals went up on both ends of the Two Rivers Tunnel in May. Dante Bard and Troy Duff produced these murals as part of Metro Arts THRIVE project. The one above is at the east end of the tunnel and is Duff’s work; Bard’s work below is on the west end.

Located on the stretch of greenway that links the Shelby Bottoms greenway to the Stone River Greenway, under the Briley Parkway between the Two Rivers water park and the Cumberland pedestrian bridge. Park at the water park and walk north up the greenway, or grab a bike and zip past them as you fly by. Just remember to yield to pedestrians! “On your left!”

Mural street art Nashville Greenway

A bridge, a thread

Metal art Nashville bridgeHey, my first post about “official” public art! The 28th/31st Ave connector is more than just a road and a bridge. It helps to correct a legacy of segregation – the physical separation of historically African-American North Nashville from the wealthy and historically white West End. The bridge itself is labeled as the Francis S. Guess Connector, in honor of a major Nashville civic and civil rights leader.  Artist David Dahlquist, who Metro contracted to do the artwork for the bridge and two nearby bus shelters, chose a needle and thread theme to represent the binding together of these long divided communities. And trust me, getting from the TSU/Fisk area over to West End was something of a pain before this road was built. The bridge literally goes over the tracks that once divided North from West (and note that much of North Nashville is pretty close to due west from downtown – actual directions and place names don’t always correspond in Nashville).  Above are some of the panels along the bridge, while below is one of the two bus shelters at the south end of the bridge. At the bottom, you can see an example of the thread motif that runs all along the bridge.

Metro also commissioned music for the bridge, and Christopher Farrell  of the Nashville Symphony and Alias Chamber Ensemble followed the theme with “Needle and Thread.”

Located, where else, along the 28th/31st Ave connector.

Needle and thread bus stop NashvilleThread design on bridge Nashville

An icon under the bridge

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There are a number of murals in the Osage-Clifton-Jefferson area. One artist who works in that area signs his work “Dough Joe,” including this one. This Jimi Hendrix piece accompanies another, similar piece featuring Miles Davis (which I’ll feature in a later post). Both are found below the Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. overpass  on Herman Street, between 18th and 19th Aves North. Being protected under a bridge hopefully will make these a little more long-lasting.

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