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Tomato Art Fest, 2020

So much that is so different in 2020, so many things lost. For most of us, the social part of life has been greatly diminished since mid March, both on a personal and a community scale. Certainly, the raucous Tomato Arts Fest that comes to the Lockeland Springs neighborhood in East Nashville each August was tampered down a great deal by the pandemic. Instead of massive crowds dressed in red and green down at Five Points, a Porch Parade of cars, some decked out in green and red, brought the fest to the people, music blaring.

Of course, it’s an arts fest, and there was still tomato-themed art to find and buy. One piece in particular you can’t exactly buy but you can admire is this fence by Tarabella Aversa. It’s on 17th Street, which explains the “Love the One 7” motto. It’s not the first Tomato Arts Fest fence, those have been seen before, like the one featured in Robots don’t care about veggies. And it’s certainly not Aversa’s first fence mural. I featured another one by her recently in One Way. Fence art is becoming a little more common, and I’ll be posting more soon.

Hopefully, the Tomato Arts Fest will be back in all of its full glory next August. Whatever happens, I’ll be documenting any outdoor art it produces.

Located at 1800 Eastland Avenue. That’s the address of the house. The mural actually faces 17th Street North, along the 500 block, near the corner with Eastland. There is street parking available on 17th. This is a private home, so please be respectful.

Weiss Murals, Part 2 – Tomato Arts Fest

It’s tomato time! Since 2004, East Nashville has hosted the Tomato Arts Fest, one of the best neighborhood festivals in the country – but you already knew that. Why tomatoes? Wy not tomatoes is a better question. People get dressed up like tomatoes, there is, of course, a lot of tomato-themed art, and plenty of Bloody Marys to be had. An art fest should certainly get a mural. In fact, there’s more than one. There’s the one featured in Robots don’t care about veggies, and there’s this newer one by Michael Cooper of  Murals and More. I would have never guessed it was his because of the style, had I not seen on his website a series of photos showing the process by which Cooper and his team made the murals. In the background, you can also see a Jason Galaz piece in the which will be on the blog as soon as I get around to writing part two of Crying Wolf, Part 1. And hey, I just realized the banner behind the tomato is a rainbow flag!

Go to the Tomato Arts Fest! You won’t be sorry!

Part 1

Weiss Tomato mural street art Nashville

The two murals together.

Weiss Murals street art Nashville

Located at 824 Main Street. The mural faces the alley on the back of the building. There is of course parking at Weiss, and at the storage center next door, which is a pay lot. The Weiss parking lot can be tricky on weekend evenings.

I say tomato


The Pomodoro East mural on Eastland is one of the murals that first got me interested in outdoor art in Nashville. Not sure why I’m just getting to it now on this blog. This is an Eastside Murals work, one of their earlier jobs. The florid typography of the signature is unusual. On most of their murals, they stick to much more spare fonts when they sign their work. Pomodoro is a popular east side Italian restaurant that, yes, uses a lot of tomatoes in their food.

Located at 701 Porter Road. The mural actually faces Eastland Avenue, and is essentially underneath the restaurant. Your closest bet for viewing the mural is to park on the backside of the building, from the Eastland entrance. If you park in the lot off Porter, you’ll have a steep hill to climb down. Get you some pasta and enjoy the art!

Robots don’t care about veggies


Over on 12th, in Lockeland Springs, a tale of sort emerges. (A Veggie Tale, perhaps?) A Tomato Arts Festival themed robot from Ryan M. McCauley of RobotsNeverSleep appeared in 2015, and last year a demonic version of the Veggie Tales crew (with a devilish tomato) joined our lounging robot. The signature on the vegetables might be “Sterbo,” a tag used by a prolific local artist, but I’m not positive. There’s room for a few more tomato themed murals on this fence, so I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

Located between on North 12th Steet, just north of Gartland Avenue. The fence belongs to the house at 1201 Gartland, and it is on the east side of 12th. Street parking available.


Careful on that turn!

Tomato mural street art Nashville
As you can see if you look close in the larger picture, those are post office trucks down that alley. Unclear from the picture, the fence is angled at the corner to create more room, while this metal safety pole is bent towards the fence, like possibly something hit it. This is a well-trafficked alleyway, and not just because of the post office. Just two blocks from Five Points, all kinds of people drive down this alley, or just turn around in it, hence the need for the pole to protect the fence.

Google Maps shows this pole as black and white striped with an “S” or “5” on top, so this is recent, perhaps in anticipation of next month’s Tomato Art Fest. I’ve seen that signature (andee) on some murals, and the style fits. Update: I do believe this is and Andee Rudloff piece.

Located on the west side of the 100 block of North 12th, between Woodland and Forrest Avenues, right at the alley entrance. Easy parking, except on very busy weekends.

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