Monday night is a posting night, but this Monday is also the night before the 2020 election, so I’m going with a low-research post. The Predators commissioned Audie Adams, who also goes by Audroc, to do a series of Smashville murals around the downtown area, and this one is found on a small building in the SoBro neighborhood. That’s “South of Broadway” for you out-of-town folks. I think you can guess where the neighborhood is. Adams has other murals around town, in particular as part of the Thoughts Manifested collective.
The Predators had a decent season this year, but unlike previous almost-a-champion seasons, they lost to the Arizona Coyotes in the first round of the playoffs. So why “Predators”? When what is now the UBS Tower was being built in 1970, workers found the partial remains of a sabre-tooth cat, including some impressive fangs. Those bones are now found at the Bridgestone Arena, home of the Predators. If you look on the south side of the arena, you’ll find another of these murals. I’ve also written about the one at the downtown Jackalope Brewing Company.
Located at 526 5th Avenue South. That’s the address of the building. The mural faces the 400 block of Lea Avenue, near the alleyway that runs halfway between 4th and 5th Ave. There is a set of murals on the other side of the building. There is some free street parking in the area, but not much. The building itself is surrounded by a pay lot, where you can easily park free for a limited time on the weekends. Unless there’s a Preds game.