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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.

Import Flowers, Part 1

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Drive down Murphy Road from the west, and you will come to one of the best-known murals in Nashville, the sunflower mural on Import Flowers. It’s not on 12 South or in the Gulch or Downtown, but it shows up in a lot of articles telling you what murals you need to visit in Nashville. The owner of Import Flowers, John Farrel, says that their parking lot is often half full with cars of people getting their picture taken in front of it – the other half by cars of people coming to battle at a Pokemon hot spot right behind their dumpster. Hopefully, some of those folks buy flowers! The mural is by Mark Palen. Tim Ghianni did a profile of him for The Nashville Scene a few years back, or you can see him talk about his art and career in a video as well. Palen has at least two websites, one displayed on the mural that he may not be updating anymore, and another that seems more current. You can also find him on Instagram. There are a couple of hidden elements, at least. Look real close to find Lisa Simpson, and there’s a word hidden in the flowers. This Scene article will help you find it. There is another mural on the other side done by local youth artists some years ago – I’m working on researching their identities, and I’ll post about it when I find them.

Located at 3636 Murphy Road. The mural faces 37th Avenue North. Import Flowers has parking, as mentioned. Buy some flowers and enjoy the art!

Flowers of Walden

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Murals come and murals go. This was once the site of a hoppy mural featured in Have a beer! A really big beer!. But the sponsoring bar, The Hop Stop, closed. Soon, a new bar called Walden came to occupy the space. A new bar, of course, meant the need for a new mural. This explosion of flowers is the work of Tara Marie Aversa, and from the looks of that page, flowers are a common theme in her paintings. There’s a photo of her at work on this mural, and she also did a flower themed mural inside the bar.

Located at 2909-B Gallatin Pike. There is plenty of parking, but it’s a pay lot. There is no nearby free street parking.

A well-traveled rose

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The Frist Museum (more properly known as the Frist Center for the Visual Arts) does not generally keep permanent pieces but rather hosts an ongoing series of new exhibits. One notable exception sits outside – “Rose on 65th Street” by Will Ryman. It may not have originally be thought to be permanent – an article from the Nashville Scene dated May 2012 says it “will remain up through December.” The descriptive plaque states that it was an anonymous gift in 2013, so apparently, someone liked it enough to buy it and donate it to the museum. It was originally part of a series Ryman installed in 2011 along Park Avenue in New York City as a “riff on a Park Avenue tradition of displaying seasonal flowers and ornamental trees.” Look close – it’s more than just roses. Its initial installation on the front side of the Frist facing Broadway was an elaborate process. It is now installed on the opposite side of the building.

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Located at 919 Broadway. The statue is found on the south side of the building, facing McGavok Street at the corner with 10th Avenue. The museum has its own parking, with a half off discount for visitors. Otherwise, you might take it in after you drop off a package at the Post Office in the basement or before quaffing a few beers at the Flying Saucer.

Galactic Gardens

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Another day, another Eastside Murals piece. Ian Lawrence and Sterling Goller-Brown stay busy. This particular piece is on the backside of the Adventure Science Center, next to the curving outer wall of the Sudekum Planetarium with its displays of constellations. The Galactic Gardens project, sponsored by 3M and Cornerstone Financial Credit Union, will, when complete, allow kids to do “experiments in extraterrestrial gardening,” among other things.

Located at 800 Fort Negley Boulevard. The mural is on the southwest corner of the building, to your right as you approach the main entrance, facing Ft. Negley Blvd. Adventure Science Center has lots of parking. Viewing the mural does not require entering the building, and can be seen free of charge. But hey, don’t you want to bring a kid and make a day of it? The center is pretty cool!

Flower power

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I have written before that chain stores are the worst places to look for public art. So I was surprised to find what looks like permitted art on the back of the Green Hills CVS. This could, of course, been put up without permission, but that seems unlikely. The style, the placement, the rust stain, and the fact that Google street view shows it’s been up since at least February of last year suggests permitted art. It is on the part of the building that is a separate retail space from the CVS (currently unoccupied), so that may have something to do with it. It is a rare piece of public art on a stretch of road dominated by chains, professional offices and high-end retail, none very conducive to public art. Given all the people stuck in traffic most of the time on that stretch of Hillsboro, some more art might improve people’s mood a bit.

UPDATE: This work has been painted over, presumably sometime in early 2018.

Located at 3801 Hillsboro Pike. The flower is on the back of the building, facing the Orange Theory gym on Crestmoor, and is not visible from Hillsboro Pike. There’s CVS parking around the building, and a parking garage under the gym. Fill up on unnecessary plastic objects and enjoy the art!

A flower grows in East Nashville

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A vibrant flower seen on a gloomy gray Nashville day. This just popped up in the last day or so. I couldn’t get the surrounding tags because of parked cars, but I’m not sure how long this will be up and the tags were fairly routine. I’ll try to add them to this post later.

UPDATE: This has been replaced with a large-scale mural, which I will blog about whenever I can get a picture of it without the trailer that has been parked in front of it for months.

Located on the back (north) side of Maker Nashville at 947 Woodland Street, but facing the alley between Woodland and Main Street, not Woodland itself. Visible from Main Street. There’s parking in the alley, though it all belongs to surrounding businesses, so be polite.

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