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The Nations Wall – Part 1

Woodeb Nations mural street art Nashville

A few months ago, a massive set of new murals appeared on the west-facing wall of Music City Tents and Events, with a giant “The Nations” logo as its centerpiece. It was sponsored by the Nashville Walls Project (though as of this publication date it does not appear on their website). It brings together on one wall many of Nashville’s most prolific muralists. My intention is to work through it left to right, which is approximately north to south. I will also include in this first post of the series images of what the whole wall looks like together (see below). This first one is by Brian Wooden, and here we see a common theme of his, the headless well-dressed man. You’ll find it elsewhere, such as in the murals featured in Sharp dressed man with roses and Striding.

Nations mural street art Nashville

Nations mural street art Nashville

Located at 5901 California Ave, Nashville, TN 37209. The murals actually face the 1300 and 1400 block of 60th Avenue North, across from the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue. Street parking is possible nearby.

Gaia

Gaia mural street art Nashville

Filling a window in Banker’s Alley is this colorful face, called “Gaia.” It’s a product of Skye Walker, who has recently produced three murals in town that I know of. Besides this one, he created the large mural featured in Keep a breast and another large mural on Gallatin Road I will be featuring soon. All three murals are part of Walker’s Sea2Sea Mural Tour, which you can follow on his Instagram page. (Check the hashtag #sea2seamuraltour.) Kelly Yazdi modeled for the mural, and Ashley Seagroves of Studio 208 worked on the logistics of getting the mural made. It’s painted on wood panels inserted into the window. “Gaia” is the ancient Greek Earth goddess, as well as a term used to refer both to the Earth’s biosphere and the concept that the Earth can be viewed holistically as a living organism. All three interpretations seem to fit this image.

Located at 218 Third Avenue North, on the outer wall of Black Rabbit. It’s almost halfway between Second and Third Avenue, in an alley that lies halfway between Chruch and Union. It’s steps away from the mural featured in A rainbow of pride. This is downtown – plenty of parking, almost none of it free.

The Listening Room

Listening Room mural sign street art Nashville

The music venue The Listening Room Cafe has had many incarnations. Founded by Chris Blair, it first appeared in Franklin in 2006. Blair moved it to Cummins Station in 2008, and again to its current location on 4th Avenue un 2012. And it is on 4th Avenue that we find on a stark white wall this sign featuring The Listening Room’s logo, created by Michael Cooper of Murals and More. On the bottom right of the photo, you can see his usual signature, which as always includes his phone number.

Located at 618 4th Avenue South. There is some limited parking at the Listening Room and some street parking on Elm Street. As the mural faces a parking lot, your best bet is to visit early in the day, well before show time. Enjoy the music and enjoy the art!

Smashville (Jackalopes)

Jackalope Predator

The Preds are playing tonight, so it’s as good a time as any to feature one of the at least three Predator murals found in town. This one is at the downtown Jackalope Brewing Company, another is at Yazoo Brewery, and another is at Bridgestone Arena where the Predators play. All are by Audie Adams who also goes by Audroc. He’s also part of the Thoughts Manifested collective, responsible for a number of murals in town. By the way, do you know why the Predators have that name? The Tennessean does!

Located at 701 Eight Ave South. The mural is on the north side of the building, facing a short street labeled Division Street (not to be confused with the other Division Street one block south). There is some limited free street parking as well as metered and pay parking nearby, and just a few spaces at Jackalope’s.

The Cobra (Part 1)

Cobra mural street art Nashville

Another series! This will be a short one, as there are only three Cobra bar murals. This one is the largest, on the south-facing wall of The Cobra. A product of Eastside Murals, it went up in September 2016. The cobra motif is obvious, but why all the skulls? I have no idea. And then there is the unlabeled but obvious Pabst Blue Ribbon can. I suppose the marketing permissions did not come through. When I photographed this recently, there was a small shrine on the far left of the mural (see below), perhaps to someone named “Bart.”

Shrine street art Nashville

Located at 2511 Gallatin Road. There is plenty of parking, particularly early in the day when the bar is closed (and it is less likely cars will be parked in front of the mural).

Under hypnosis

Under Hypnosis mural street art Nashville

Feeling hypnotized? Certainly, this mural was meant to play with your vision. It appeared recently on the back side of Gym 5, and is by a local artist who goes by Sterbo (or terbosterbo). This alleyway is a busy place for art. Turn around from looking at this mural and you’ll see the one in Panda sky, and just to the left is a set of elaborate graffiti tags that cover what used to the elaborate graffiti tags found in Back in the alley. I’ll blog about the new tags sometime soon. This particular wall has seen a series of not very interesting scribbled tags. With some exceptions, taggers tend to be respectful of murals, so maybe the new mural will put a stop to that. In the meantime, it’s here to mess with your head. The symbol at the end is one used by Sterbo as something of a signature (see photos below).

Located at 952 Main Street. The installation is in fact in the alley, which can be accessed from 10th Street or McFerrin Avenue. There is some parking in this alley if you are just visiting.

Off the Wall (Part 14)

 

Erlenborn Mural Nashville street art

This is the last in the Off the Wall series, as it was also the last mural completed in the Off the Wall project. This particular piece is by Tess Erlenborn. There’s a picture of this mural in sunnier light on her website. (I tend to take a lot of photos on grey days to avoid shadows.) I encourage you to explore her site and her Instagram page. I happened to catch her working on this mural just as she was getting started (see image below). The Off the Wall project itself was the brainchild of Tinsley Anne Dempsey, and it took some time to finish. It was well worth the effort, producing a mural gallery that is a must see in Nashville, and a very important piece of the Nashville visual landscape. This is also the end of this numbered series. I keep saying I won’t do one again, but the Nations Wall, the Elliston Garage, and the Berry Hill music murals pretty much demand it.

Tess Erlenborn street art Nashville

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12 Part 13

Located at 3020 Charlotte Avenue. This mural actually faces 28th Avenue North. Your best bet for parking is perhaps across the street at Cross Fit Nashville or street parking on 31st Avenue north of Charlotte.

Mystery bird

Bird mural street art Nashville

Some months ago, this mural caught my eye while I was driving down Fourth Avenue, just before it merges with Second and becomes Nolensville Pike. It turned about to be on the back side of a building at 1281 Third Avenue. The building seemed to be under renovation, and some research shows that it is supposed to become Bar1281, a “pop-up” backyard bar with Hawaiian and  Japanese style food. It’s part of a larger development on this street being developed by Bento Box. It was also slated to open last October, but that date has come and gone without an opening. The mystery comes in the signature, which is probably “Stenz Art” but might be “Steitz Art.” Both have been complete rabbit holes to try to track down. While the bar is late in opening, construction on the back patio continues, and this shot is impossible to get any more, as the mural is now partially obscured.

Located at 1281 Third Avenue. There is some limited street parking on Third. As this is an active construction site, it might be best to wait until Bar 1281 opens to come and view the mural (and when you get some food and drinks to go with your art).

Cocina Mexicana, RIP

Mexicana mural sign street art Nashville

I have long thought that I might put the hand-painted signs at Five Points Cocina Mexicana on the blog and seems that now is the time. Signs have gone up that indicate Cocina Mexicana will close on Apil 1 and will reopen sometime soon as a branch of Cilantro Mexican Grille. The original Cilantro is on 8th Avenue South and has appeared on this blog twice, so there’s a good possibility they will add art to this building as well. The Cocina Mexicana signs are unsigned and I haven’t had time to research the artist, but I wanted to put this up before they disappear. Definitely, call this endangered art.

Located at 972 Main Street. The murals are on the front and west sides of the building. Parking is available in back. Chow down and enjoy the art while you still can.

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