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4 Ways about it

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Sometimes I am slow to post about art I see frequently, thinking that I’ll have plenty of chances later. The 4 Way Market in Lockeland Springs is just such a place. For years there were these goofy images on the front, including a humorously bad image of an American Express card. Remember the story about the botched restoration of a painting of Jesus? The American Express Centurion that once graced 4 Way’s facade was about on that level. You can see a little of what I mean here and on their Yelp page. But back in September, before I ever blogged about it, 4 Way got a splashy new overhaul, and the older work was lost. But there sure is a lot more color now. Even the once sad flower box has gotten a bright, colorful overhaul (see below). I asked the owner who did the work. All he could remember was, “Some guy I found in Alabama.” Well done, Alabama guy. (If anyone knows more, leave a comment.)

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Located at 1401 Fatherland Street, at the corner with 14th Avenue. There is plenty of parking at 4 Way, so grab some sundries and enjoy the art!

 

Bootstrap

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There is so much art going up all the time, that sometimes stuff I recorded long ago falls through the cracks. Such as with Nathan Brown’s “Bootstrap.” Brown has been featured on this blog before for his rainbow prism work down on Nolensville Rd., a style he’s repeated in the Gulch and in East Nashville in works I’ll be posting about later. This work is in what he calls his “word collage” style. The name comes from Bootstrap Architecture + Construction (who’s building it is found on) who sponsored the mural along with the Chamber of Commerce East Nashville. According to Brown, “The idea was to create a word collage that embodied Bootstrap’s ethos, lifestyle, the neighborhood, East Nashville and positivity in general.” I love it when artists actually provide insight into their work, Makes this blog a lot easier to do! I also applaud Bootstrap as another company that understands the importance of outdoor art both in promoting their business and building the social fabric and identity of a neighborhood. Besides his website linked at the top, you can also follow Brown on Instagram. This mural calls out for selfies. Get your crew down there and get a portrait!

Located 4010 Gallatin Road. If you are coming from the south, the mural is impossible to miss. (Really, I should have blogged about it months ago.) Bootstrap as very limited parking – two spaces. You can probably get away with parking for a short while behind the motel next door or the market two doors south.

Batter up!

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The bathrooms at the easternmost baseball fields in Shelby Park are a fair more spectacular than all the others. Two artists who go by Sterbo and Downs have graced this modest cinder block building with art and a name. On the east side, we see a pitcher and a batter facing off, while on the west we find a declaration of local pride, Shelby Bottoms style. The doors to the bathrooms are also fancied up a bit.

Located, as the building declares, at 1801 Davidson Street. Even Google Maps doesn’t  know this street name. The bathroom is found at the far east and south of Shelby Park, close to the river, just before you get to the railroad trellis. Plenty of free parking in the park, though you may have to walk a bit. If there are no games in action, the bathrooms may be found behind locked gates.

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Writing the way to world peace

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Renda Writer is an artist who is doing his part for world peace by bringing this simple mantra to walls around the country. A lot of his other art also makes use of words and strong lines. Ours, found on the long-derelict Porter Road gas station that now houses Arbor Springs Lawn Care and Landscaping, went up in September. The list of sites on his blog is a little out of date as it ends in August of this year, but it shows that he’s been at this for a couple of years with sites all over the country. One of his murals recently made a brief appearance in a Square Capital ad (0:10 and 0:31), and they are certainly all selfie/portrait ready.

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Located at 1200 Porter Road, at the corner with Greenwood Avenue. Vinyl Tap in the old Family Wash site is across the street on Greenwood, while Cafe Roze is catty-corner across Porter, and Southen Grist Brewing is directly across Porter. All of which explains why the parking you see in the picture is now paid parking. Welcome to Nashville. There is some limited street parking on Greenwood.

East Nashville History

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I love it when other people do my research. The East Nashvillian pretty much has it covered in this article concerning the murals at Stacks on Main. Seriously, just read the article. Three murals by Bryan Deese depict some famous people and landmarks from the east side. They are spread out enough that I’m using only one, “People and Places,” for the header photo. (See below for the rest.) That, of course, is Oprah Winfrey and fellow East Nashville High alum Mayor Bill Boner floating above their alma mater, while Edwin Warner, a prominent East Nashville businessman for whom the park is named, takes center stage. “Music on Main” honors musicians who have recorded at Woodland Studios, while “Trains & Trolleys” honors the old L&N lines that ran through East Nashville. I mean it, read the article.

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Located at 535 Main Street. The murals are on the east side of the building, facing the small road (Yeaman Place) that comes off of Main St. and separates Stacks from Fifth and Main. There is visitor parking for Stacks on that road.

Bend and twist

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Marathon Pilates of East Nashville brings us two kinds of art, energetic and serene. “Energetic” is the graffiti style sign on the side of the building brought to us by Troy Duff, a Nashville artist known for his energetic and often graffiti-inspired pieces. His work has been on this blog before, such as Eastern Pizza, just a few blocks away. “Serene” is the Marathon Pilates logo, found on the front and the back of the building (see below). The logo is a two-dimensional representation of a structure Buckminster Fuller described as an example of vector equilibrium. Here, let Bucky describe it for you! Here’s Wikipedia on the topic, where it’s called a cuboctahedron. Many people seem to think it has spiritual or cosmological implications.

Located at 966 Main Street. The Duff piece is in the alley on the east side of the building, while the logos are prominent on the front and back. Marathon Pilates has parking in front and back, as do neighboring businesses, though this is tricky during weekday work hours, and much easier on the weekend. There is a pay lot a couple doors to the east on 10th Street.

Corner styles

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted some straightforward graffiti. On both sides of the southeast corner of the Major Discount Liquors building on Dickerson Pike are two large installations. (The store seems to go by multiple names – see another example below.) Above, on the east wall, is a UH Crew installation that mixes angular and fluid elements. Below, on the south wall facing Hart Lane, is a much more spiky piece. The one below seems to read “LETS YM” to me, but that’s just a guess on my part. The one above is even more cryptic. That’s how many graffiti artists like it, though not all.

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Located at 2913 Dickerson Pike, at the corner with Hart Lane. Both of the installations are visible from Hart Lane. There is plenty of parking in front of the store and a driveway behind you can park in for a brief view of the art.

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