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Mapping The Nations

Nations Map

One of the most prolific art scenes in Nashville is not found in any gallery or trendy neighborhood, but on the outer walls of the many Latino grocery stores scattered around town. Murals depicting the fruits and vegetables found inside or idealized images of the old country are common themes. The murals found in And another market and Mi casa es su casa are good examples. Usually, these are found in lower-income neighborhoods where immigrants tend to congregate. But what happens if one of those markets finds itself in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood like The Nations? Well, the owners of the Savemore Super Market found themselves in that position and decided to transform their market into the 51st Deli. Most of the groceries went away in favor of a deli/taqueria with a large menu. A new identity called for new art. So they asked Ruben Torres, who had done the market’s original fruit-themed mural featured in Frutas!, to come up with something new – a shout out to neighborhood pride instead of the more traditional old country pride. Torres’s map is elegant, perhaps in keeping with the clean lines of the all the new condos and modern houses spreading across The Nations. If you can’t beat the gentrifiers, join them, would seem to be the message.

Located at 1314 51st Avenue North, at the corner with Centinneal Boulevard – where the red star is in the mural! The mural faces Centinneal and often has cars parked in front of it. There is parking at 51st Deli, though at lunchtime you might have to park on a neighboring street and walk a bit. Grab some grub and enjoy the art!

300 – Map Edition

ArtMap

As of the last posting, That boat has sailed, there are now three hundred marked points where you can (or could) look for art on this blog’s map. Some points actually reference several pieces of art and multiple posts, notably for the Norf Wall and Off the Wall projects. Some of the art, including the one from the last post, no longer exists. I am working on updating the relevant pages. This isn’t just a guide though, it’s also an archive (I am an historian, after all), so I think it’s important to maintain a record of what has come and gone.

I went through all the markers to catch any editing problems. Along the way, I noticed something. Each marker has an image of the art that can be found at that spot. I have become a lot more particular about the photos I use on this blog. Whereas I once tolerated heavy shadows and bad light, I do so no more. I have several images for future posts filed under the heading “needs to be reshot!”

The blog is motoring along as we approach the second anniversary in June. In 2017, 400-700 page views a month was normal. Since January,  1400 has been the norm, peaking with 1675 in March. In all of 2017, there were 7583 page views. As of this posting, there have 6243 for all of 2018 so far, more than double last year’s pace. Still small potatoes, but a healthy growth trajectory. It helps that some posts remain perennially popular. The Kind Way is the reigning champ.

Located on a tab on the menu bar. Look for a new menu tab soonish for artists (though not right away – it’s a slow process and I’m about halfway through).

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