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This is post number 300. For this post, I’m updating on the art I know is now gone. The photo above is an Emily Miller piece once found at the corner of Main and McFerrin. Much of Miller’s work is deliberately temporary, drawn on paper and glued to outdoor walls. Her pieces are more durable than you might think, however, and in fact, this one was deliberately removed when the building was repainted. That’s the fate of most of the works listed here – they have been painted over. Others are gone because the building they stood on is gone.

The blog itself is getting a little better all the time. Statistics wise, since I started it in July 2016, 5450 people have visited the blog for a total of 11,006 page views. Modest, but it has been growing. From a couple hundred views a month when I got started, 800 and 900 has become common, it looks like the blog is about to close in on the second month in a row and third overall for more than 1000 views. The empire grows slowly.

All art is temporary, outdoor art in particular. A list, probably incomplete, of art I have chronicled that is gone or substantially erased. (I will be updating these posts in the coming weeks):

Ask not who the wrecking ball calls for (one building destroyed, another painted over)

The Vape USA Gallery (painted over)

The doomed graffiti wars of Madison Mills (painted over)

Unsafe at any speed (painted over)

Ch-ch-ch-changes! (removed – the Miller piece above)

The Carquest Gallery, Part 1The Carquest Gallery, Part 2 (partially painted over)

Where you at?! (painted over)

Color me gone – soon (building destroyed)

The ghost of craft beers past (painted over)

A flower grows in East Nashville (painted over; replaced with new mural)

Going, going gone (painted over)

Sorry you missed the show (painted over)

Children’s Art on Jefferson Street (removed)

Super visible, very temporary, hard to reach (replaced with a billboard)

Woodland creatures, Part 1 (severely deteriorated, and then removed)

The Zoop Gallery on 8th South (removed and/or deteriorated, replaced)

The ruins of 21st and Linden (lost to construction)

Oz Arts Inside/Out, Part 2 (removed)

On imagined seas (painted over, replaced with new mural)

Big Blue (painted over, replaced with new sign)

Frutas! (partially painted over, replaced with new mural)

Wanda (painted over, replaced with new mural)

On a dark sea

Miller Shark

On a night when a fantastic and frightening storm bears down on Texas, a simple denizen of the sea. Although unsigned, this is obviously an Emily Miller piece, she of the animal drawings (and other subjects) glued to buildings around town. There is a twin of this one on her Instagram page. Actually, looks like this one is too. Given that shot is dated June 30, 2017, and this one from just two months later is fairly faded, and given this is paper stuck to the wall, like much of her art, we have to call this endangered art. As is true about a lot of south Texas right now.

Located at what is probably 425 Chestnut Street. Southern Country Furniture (no apparent website) next door is at 427 Chestnut. The shark is on a garage door of a seemingly abandoned stone building right next to the tracks. There is parking in front and beside the building, and a gravelly area across the street. Shop for furniture and enjoy the art!

Fly me to the moon

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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.

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.

Guitars and automobiles

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Just because of how many artists are involved, this is a complicated mural to talk about. The “Gibson Tribute Wall” is a product of the Nashville Walls Project. The NWP is a collective of artists and local leaders, organized by Brian Greif, that seek to cover much of downtown and beyond with major art pieces, and are already responsible for a number of major projects. It’s sponsored in part by Gibson Custom Division, and FirstBank donated in particular for this piece. While the NWP seeks to bring in international artists for its projects, this mural was put together by Nashville artists. Starting at far left, the striped deer with butterflies is by Herb Williams, who is known for his multicolored animals, large and small, including a tiny butterfly that seems to have escaped the main mural (see below). Next is a work by Chris Zidek, who signs his work Zidekahedron and among other things did the octopus in Uncovered! Sam Dunson is responsible for the laughing hashtag man, while Emily Miller‘s work is recognizable to anyone who’s been in this town for very long (and keeps their eye open for guerrilla poster art). Finally, the young boys fishing on Leggo blocks are the work of Brian Donahue, who, like your intrepid blogger, is a professor at Tennessee State University.

Located at 213 Third Avenue North, between Chruch and Union, on the north wall of the building. The lot in front of the mural is a Premiere Parking lot, which Google Maps labels as Bank Alley. Bank Alley crosses Printer’s Alley just to the right of this mural. Obviously, there’s parking, but like just about everywhere downtown, it’s not free. The mural is well lit – grab a taxi or a ride share and make it part of your pub crawl on Printer’s Ally!

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Oz Arts Inside/Out, Part 4

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Seems I missed one of the Oz Arts Inside/Out installations when I first reported on them. There is, in fact, a display at Meharry Medical College. Many of the people in this mural are wearing Meharry gear, and there was a shoot for the project at Meharry last June, so I’m assuming all of these people are Meharry folk. See Part 1 for more details. The two blocked faces are below.

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Located at 1003 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd, on the east facing wall of the Office of Information and Technology (otherwise know as the Computer Center, per the sign). The Computer Center lies on the block between Meharry Blvd. and Albion Street. This is dead in the middle of a large university complex (Fisk University is across the street), so parking is problematical. There is a paid parking garage on Albion. The spaces in front of the mural are reserved, though for a quick visit in the late afternoon you can probably get away with using them.

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Giraffes, etc.

The old ATN Restaurant Equipment building at 11th and Grundy is looking a bit worse for wear. While I can find no information on its future, I imagine it’s ripe for development. Which is why the various pieces on it are likely endangered. This piece, on the doors of the old loading dock, is not signed, but it sure looks like an Emily Miller piece. It’s paper glued to the door, so it’s fragile anyway. This is on the side that faces 11th, as is the large graffiti tag below. The face and the admonition to breath face Grundy.

Located in the Gulch at the corner of 11th Avenue North and Grundy Street. There’s a gravelly area in front of the building where you can park, as well as street parking.

Oz Arts Inside/Out, Part 3

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The largest of the Oz Arts Inside/Out project murals, this one is at the main Oz Arts campus. See Part 1 for a longer description. Below is a detail that just happens to include a personal friend of mine, and so I’ve also added a selfie of me and my friend, Laura.

Located on the north wall of the Oz Arts building at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. Park in the visitors parking out front and walk around to the north side. Take in the rest of the outdoor art at Oz Arts while you are at it.

Part 1 (with a longer description)

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Oz Arts Inside/Out, Part 2

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The Merchant’s Corner version of Oz Arts Inside/Out Project. See Part 1 for details. Your intrepid blogger interacts with the art below (and no, I don’t know that guy).

Located on the east wall (facing Fourth Avenue S.) of Merchants, itself at 401 Broadway. This is the heart of lower broad, and parking is always a problem. Good luck!

Part 1 (with a longer description)

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Oz Arts Inside/Out, Part 1

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As part of French artist JR’s worldwide Inside/Out project, OZ Arts Nashville took a giant camera around Nashville back in June to take giant portraits of hundreds of Nashvillians. The photos were turned into posters, and the posters were put up at three sites – on the OZ Arts campus itself, at Casa Azafrán on Nolensville Rd., and down at Merchant’s Corner off Lower Broad. This is by definition temporary art, and indeed, I can’t vouch for the current condition of any of these. I took the Casa Azafrán picture shown above in late June just after it went up, the Merchant’s Corner picture a few days after that, and the OZ Arts picture last week. A gallery of the individual portraits can bee seen here on the Oz Arts website.

The Casa Azafrán mural is found on the north wall of Casa Azafrán at  2195 Nolensville Pike. Parking is fairly easy, and the mural is probably easier to access if you park out back. Links to the other two sites below.

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