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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.

 

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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Fly me to the moon (2.0)

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This is an Emily Miller piece, she of the guerilla poster art (and more!). Keep an eye out, you’ll see more of her work around town. A lot of it is animal-themed, but here she goes in another direction – up! This particular space traveler is found on the backside of 1006 Buchanan Street. If you look for that address on Google it leads you to Otis James, who makes bespoke clothing. The web page suggests the business is in Oak Ridge, but the Facebook page puts it here in Nashville on Buchanan. Call them, or just order online if you are interested. I might need a new hat. Regardless, this is paper art outdoors so I have to call it endangered art.

UPDATE: I added 2.0 to the title because I realized this is the second time I’ve used that headline.

Located at 1006 Buchanan Street. The mural/poster is on the back wall. There’s a large green space around the building so it’s easy to approach. Street parking is available.

Arctic colors

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This is one of those miracle shots, a mural that always has cars parked in front of it momentarily free. Around the corner, you’ll find Nomzilla and Pepperfire, two popular eateries with not nearly enough parking, so cars are a near constant at this spot. But the mural itself reflects another business in the building, Friendly Arctic Printing & Design, a company that makes custom t-shirts, hoodies and more. The mural represents a step in the printing process. Members of the Friendly Arctic team put the mural up a little over a year ago, and their Instagram page has a set of videos detailing the process.But wait, there’s more! Walk around to the back side to find a completely different but also quite colorful mural (see below). This work is signed by Sterbo, a tag used by a prolific local artist. The signature also contains the phrase “Betor Forever.” Betor is the tag of a prolific local graffiti artist who died last December. There is a very large memorial mural in his honor a few blocks north of these two murals which I will feature soon. (Again, cars tend to park in the way.)

Located at 1045 Granada Avenue, at the corner with Gallatin Avenue. The mural above faces Granada and is quite visible if you are driving north on Gallatin. Street parking is available, as well as parking in front and behind the building. Grab some grub, or maybe inquire about your newest favorite t-shirt, and enjoy the art!

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Now that doesn’t look safe

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Back after a little holiday hiatus. Hope the holidays are treating you well.

Down on Eighth Avenue, we find another Murals and More piece by artist Michael Cooper. Once again, we see him using the same trompe-l’œil technique he used for the Karr Commercial mural on Charlotte that I featured in Fooled me! Here he uses it for a little slapstick comedy. Karmal Skillington makes custom furniture, but I hope none of their workers ever wind up in such a precarious position. This is a fairly new piece, as it is not visible in a Google street view picture from April 2016.

Located at 2019 Eighth Avenue South. The mural is on the north side of the building. Plenty of parking on that side of the building and some at the Shell station next door. Grab some gas and grub, or take a look at some beautiful furniture, and enjoy the art!

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