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One mural down, one mural up

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Some time ago, many months ago, I remember driving down 12th Avenue past Whiskey Kitchen and catching out of the corner of my eye a large mural of a human figure. I thought, “Need to come back and photograph that.” I was slow about it, and when I finally went back I was quite surprised when instead of a human figure, I saw this geometric mural instead. Had I imagined the other mural? Had I misremembered its location? No, just testimony to the ephemeral nature of outdoor art. The piece above is by Chris Zidek, who signs his work Zidekahedron. He’s been featured here before, in such pieces as the octopus in Uncovered! And he has other new work which I’ll be posting about soon. This particular piece was sponsored by the local office of Google Fiber, which as I have mentioned before has been busy sponsoring outdoor art. The human figure was a piece by Brian Wooden, he of the headless well-dressed men. The picture below is a February 2017 Google street view image. You can also see it on Wooden’s Instagram page. Art comes, art goes.

Located at 118 12th Avenue South. The mural actually faces the 1100 block of McGavock Street, downhill from 12th. Most of the parking in the immediate area belongs to local businesses, though there is free one-hour parking a few blocks south in the Gulch proper, as well as paid lots. Make it part of your visit to one of the bars and restaurants within view of the mural!

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There flys a peace crane

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For once, I’m blogging about an almost new mural. The Wish for Peace mural on the side of the Global Education building on Charlotte appeared only a few weeks ago at most. It’s a production of WHAT. Creative Group, also known as Jake and Hana Elliott. They are responsible for some other projects around town, including the mural featured in Don’t miss your ride! It was sponsored both by the local office of Google Fiber (who’ve been promoting a lot of art, lately) and the Nashville Walls Project, though it’s new enough that as of this post it isn’t yet featured anywhere on NWP’s website. I’m really ahead of the curve this time! And why origami cranes? Well, it seems that origami peace cranes are a thing. Specifically, they commemorate the life of Sadako Sasaki, who died at age 12 in 1955 of leukemia induced by radiation exposure she experienced when the bomb fell on her hometown, Hiroshima. Sadako folded cranes in her final days, as her father told her that folding a thousand of them would grant a wish.

Located at 4822 Charlotte Pike. The mural faces east, directly across from Hugh Baby’s, where Porter Road Butcher used to be. There is some limited street parking on 49th Ave, and there is parking across Charlotte at Richland Park. Or you could get a burger at Hugh Baby’s and enjoy the art!

Littlebranch

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For some time I have been thinking about blogging about the interesting stumps in the parking lot at 2nd and Lindsley. Is it art? Well, I never had to answer that question, because the folks at Littlebranch Farm added some murals and elaborate signs for a multi-media presentation, and yeah, it’s definitely art. The name sounds like some kind of urban garden or grocer, but in fact, Littlebranch is a high-end custom natural wood furniture manufacturing shop. Founded by Kelly Maxwell in Hamilton, GA, the operation moved to Nashville in 2014. While I’d like to think that what seems to be a musical note at the bottom of the Bristle Cone Pine in the logo (seemingly based on the photo at the top of this page) is a nod to Nashville, perusing their Facebook page and blog shows that the logo predates the move north. The image above is right at the corner of 2nd and Lindsley. The logo shows up three other places on the building (as seen in the slideshow), including the Lindsley facing front, the far southeast corner near the interstate, and carved above the front door. Also notable on the east side facing 2nd Avenue is a large photo of Maxwell and two of his crew members seemingly printed on the wall (see below). The photo was done by Brandon Cawood, though I don’t know if he’s responsible for placing it on the wall. That’s Maxwell in the middle, with Tyler Allen Dean (large black beard) and Jeff, the most recent hire. And hey, this is one of the rare chances to use the multi-media category!

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Located at 901 2nd Avenue South, at the corner with Lindsey Avenue. There is limited parking at Littlebranch, though it’s well worth visiting their gallery, so make it a full experience!

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Exit In at 45

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I wouldn’t ordinarily use a detail shot like this as the header photo, but this Bryan Deese piece at Exit/In is so badly hemmed in by a porch at Hurry Back next door that the only way to take a shot of the full mural is at an extreme angle. (See below) This is the central part of the mural, the rest is in a slideshow at the end of this post. The mural honors the 45th anniversary of Exit/In, featuring images of just a handful of the luminaries who have played there over the decades, many of whom were still working to make a name for themselves when they took the stage at Elliston Place. Some of them are also name-checked on a wordy mural on the front side of the venue (See the slideshow). This is a neighborhood that I have largely neglected on this blog, in part because of the difficulty of finding any of the art without cars parked in front of it. 12th Ave South and Hillsboro Village present similar problems. I need to hit all these places bright and early in the morning!

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Located at 2808 Elliston Place. The mural is on the west side of the building. Parking in this neighborhood is hard. Most street parking anywhere nearby is metered, and the venues and shops themselves have limited parking. Grab a ride share and make it part of your pub crawl!

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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!

 

Put up your dukes!

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I so wanted to post this New Year’s Day, in an “I’m ready for anything, 2018!” kind of mood, but alas, my internet was not cooperating. This potent Rachel Deeb piece is found on the side of the Church Street branch of Title Boxing Club. Deeb is a local artist, photographer, and graphic designer, who, from the looks of her website, has, in mural work, done mostly indoor work. Let’s hope she does more outdoor work! You can see a little of her work process on the boxing mural here.

Located at 1906 Church Street. The mural is on the west side of the building. During the work week, parking is problematic, as much of the nearby parking is private parking for local businesses. There is some public parking one block north on State Street.

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.

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