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The new art of Patagonia

A couple years ago, what had been the south wall of the Turner Supply Company sported a double mural collaboration between Nathan Brown and Chris Zidek, who signs his work Zidekahedron, which I featured in the post From me to you. But this is go-go Nashville, Turner Supply has moved on, and the new tenants wanted something else. Actually, two tenants wanted something else, the local branches of the chains Patagonia and Superica. The original mural had a Brown piece on the left (west) side of the wall, with Zidek’s piece on the right (east). Now there’s no Zidek piece, and a new Brown piece is on the right, on the side of Patagonia, while there’s a hand-painted sign on the left on the side of Superica, which I’ll feature whenever I figure out who the artist is (It would be nice if it were credited anywhere by Superica, but I haven’t found such credit yet). The new Brown piece, while very much reflecting his style, does seem to evoke mountains, bringing to mind the great outdoors Patagonia wants you to associate with their brand. It’s also another example of a national brand sporting a local mural, though this not such a stretch for the brand image of Patagonia. This wasn’t an easy photo to shoot, as there is a building right across the road which makes it very difficult to get a straight-on picture, which is necessary because of the wooden slats. I had to hold the camera to my side and take a bunch of pictures hoping I got the right shot. A lot got left on the cutting room floor! I also had to do two different shoots, because the first time, I didn’t realize anything was under the wood slats!

Patagonia Mural street art Nashville

Patagonia Mural street art Nashville

Located at 601 Overton Street. The mural actually faces Mansion Street, on the south side of Patagonia. You can put some coins in the meters along Overton, but many of the nearby paid lots have one-hour free parking to encourage shopping in the Gulch, so make it part of your Gulch crawl and enjoy the art!

Foolish pleasure

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Every year, Georges Debouef wines holds a contest for the art that will be on their label for the most recent vintage of Debouef Beaujolais. The winner in 2018 with her work “Foolish Pleasure” was Chloé Meyer, an artist with roots in Nashville and San Franciso. How a mural version of it wound up outside of Nicky’ Coal Fired Pizza I’m not sure – whether they or the owners of the Stocking 51 building gave permission for it I do not know. Certainly, it’s a wonderful splash of color in an area that while gentrifying and increasingly full of outdoor art, still displays its industrial legacy strongly. It’s a nice reminder of summer in these winter days.

UPDATE: This mural has been replaced.

There’s also a “For Becks” lego man on the other side of Nicky’s, in the ramp going up to the local branch of Frothy Monkey. These have been popping up around town – see this example below.

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Located at 5026 Centinneal Boulevard. There’s parking there and along 51st Avenue North.

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When I first saw this, I thought it said “JAL.” I also assumed it was a sign for a local business. Well, it is a sign for a Nashville business, but it’s the Nashville branch of chan, that uses this image as its corporate logo. And it’s not JAL, but UAL – United Apparel Liquidators. To give you a sense of scale, the sign is about as wide as car, about six feet or so. I’m including a larger photo below (the crop above is for Facebook sharing). I’ve never put a corporate chain sign on the blog before, but this is different. It just looks cool, and it’s also a little hard to find, situated as it is in a back parking lot, behind the strip of stores on West End that include Bombay Palace and China Dragon. It really stands out on a start black wall, and it’s one of the few pieces of outdoor art in the immediate neighborhood.

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Located at 2918 West End Avenue. The mural faces the parking lot on the back side of the building. There is parking on both sides, but much of the back lot has become paid parking recently. Some of the nearby by side streets have free parking.

Mother Earth

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It seems that Jamersonsgc is on a mission. Several pieces of his have appeared along and near the Lafayette Street corridor in the general vicinity of the JC Napier Homes. This piece is on the back side of Tito’s Gyro Grill on Lafayette. (They don’t have a website or social media presence.) The pan-African themes are pretty evident in this piece. Look close at the face (below) and you’ll see a number of mathematical equations as well. While it isn’t signed per se, Low Key Art is a tagline Jamerson uses. He also did a skyline on the front of the building (which is partially obscured by a sign) – see below. And he has updated the piece I featured in Low key bee, so look for new photos on that post soon.

UPDATE: This mural has since been painted over. Jamerson has since replaced it with the mural featured in Strength and mourning.

 

Locat at 13 Lafayette Street. This is just a few steps from the complicated intersection with 2nd Avenue South and McCann Street. It is conceivable to park along the gravel driveway that links Lafayette and 2nd, or in the yard in front of the mural, though that’s not certain. Tito’s has very limited parking. You could also try parking on McCann.

Have I got a deal for you

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I have wanted to write about this particular mural for some time. It’s prominently visible if you are driving north on upper Nolensville Pike, it’s a weird mix of cheesy and minimalist, and it seemed to have been around a long while. What’s not to love? Sadly, there always seemed to be at least one car parked in front of it. So when I saw it car-free, I knew I had to get my shot quick. Sadly for this mural, the reason I found it car-free may also spell its doom. The furniture and appliance store whose goods it advertises has moved. Sam’s Mattress Furniture Warehouse doesn’t have much of an internet presence (other than a couple of bad Yelp reviews), but a sign on the door lists three new addresses, two for furniture and mattresses, one for appliances, all closer to downtown on Nolensville. The murals are as I guessed, survivors. All are signed by Mark E. Witte, a name I have not been able to track down. Witte seems to have worked fast giving each of them a separate specific date in April 2009. But they are out of order. Going left to right, they are dated April 26, 27, 28, 25 and 30. So he did the sofas first, then went back to the washing machine and worked his way back down the wall. Started on a Saturday, finished on a Thursday for a productive week. But with Sam’s closed, the fate of this mural seems uncertain.

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Located at 3312 Nolensville Pike. It faces south, towards Chilton Street. It is possible to park across the street on Chilton, and there is of course parking at Sam’s until developers get a hold of it.

The Kind Way

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Recently, a new mural appeared on the side of the same building where the Harmony mural is found. The new mural is the product of Rebekah Rinehart and Sarah Gail Nelson, founder and co-founder of The Kind Way. That website only went up very recently, so there’s not much information on what Rinehart and Nelson will be doing to promote kindness, but maybe once they get their blog going they’ll have more to say. Already you can inquire about getting a kindness jacket, and maybe more in the future (the page is labeled “The Kind Collection.”) They are apparently planning to do more murals in more states and cities. There’s a video on that last link about the Nashville mural, which you can also find on Youtube. It would seem you can chalk in your answer to what kindness is, but I haven’t tried it. (You’d have to be rather tall!) The mural is dedicated to the memory of Randall W. Binford (see below).

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Located at 1120 Fourth Avenue North. The mural actually faces Madison Street, on the building that houses Juice Bar Germantown and Little DonkeyCochon Butcher has been this building but is being replaced by Vui’s Kitchen. There is a pay lot on 4th, and if you are also grabbing some grub, the restaurants have some parking, though good luck. There is also some limited street parking nearby.

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.

Harmony

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This is a very new mural, having gone up in Germantown in early August. It’s small, a little less than seven by nine feet. The message is straightforward, even without the all-caps “HARMONY” across the bottom. Put up days before the recent attack in Charlottesville, VA, it is even more relevant now. The artist is Ty Christian, who goes by @creativ_ty on Instagram. His Facebook page gives much more weight to his career as a musician. The mural also credits @relic90 as the producer, which turns out to be the name of a “Nashville based sock company,” though they also sell T-shirts and other items.

Located at 1120 4th Avenue North. The mural actually faces Madison Street, on the north side of the building that houses Cochon Butcher, Juice Bar Germantown, and Little Donkey. There isn’t much free parking or street parking nearby, but there’s a paid lot across the street on 4th. Choose from one of your many grub options and enjoy the art!

Paint the town

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Donelson is not a neighborhood overflowing with public art, but there are still some impressive pieces.  Near the junction of Old Lebanon Road and Lebanon Pike there are not one but two large murals celebrating community. This one specifically celebrates Donelson, while the other, which I’ll feature later, is more loosely focused. Here we see all the landmarks a Donelsonian would be familiar with — at least I imagine so, as I don’t live there myself! The mural, located on the east wall of Treasures Consignment,  is cryptically signed KOEL 2014. A little sleuthing (asking inside) reveals that KOEL is, in fact, Kristi Oakley Elswick, who works under the handle Where the Arts Is and apparently goes by just Kristi Elswick these days. A perusal of her page suggests that murals are not her main focus, but she has done at least one other for The Pub of Donelson. You can, if you choose, get a print of the mural above at Treasures, which reveals it is called “Paint the Town.”  I did, and you can see it below!

Located at 2628 Old Lebanon Road, in a building Treasures shares with Hues Salon and Southern Honey Workshop. There is parking in front and at nearby businesses. Get your hair cut, browse the antiques and knick-knacks and enjoy the art!

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