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City Pets

This is a very new mural, finished just about a month ago. I see it on my way to work, but had not been able to photograph it until recently because of all the bright, sunny days we’ve been having – and all the shadows that go with them! This parade of pets on the side of City Pets Animal Care is the work of Leah Boorse. From the looks of her page, human portraiture is her main theme, but she also does a lot of pet portraits, which makes her a natural to bring art to a veterinary care center. Besides pets, there is a very obvious homage to the “I Believe in Nashville” murals by Adrien Saporiti of DCXV Industries in the center of the mural. (The only one of those murals on my blog so far is actually a copycat!) I photographed this mural at an angle because of a chain-link fence that interferes with a straight-on view (see below). And up above the mural, Boorse painted the City Pets logo on a second-floor window (see below).

Boorse has done some other murals, notably a quite different one from this in Deep Ellum. Deep Ellum is a neighborhood of bars and restaurants just east of downtown Dallas that can only be described as “mural intense.” Think 12 South on steroids. As for the City Pets mural, I scrolled through City Pets’ Instagram page to see if the models for these portraits could be found there and saw no obvious candidates, but plenty of cute pets. City Pets opened in this location about three years ago, when outdoor art in this area was a lot less common. Now it fits well with the expanding outdoor art scene along the Jefferson and Buchanan Street corridors, and come to think of Charlotte as well, a few blocks south. It’s also further evidence of just how common it is becoming for Nashville businesses, notably local Nashville businesses, to see art as a key component of what they do.

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Located at 1016 Jefferson Street. It’s possible to park next door in the parking lot fo Ware’s Barbershop, but a fence prevents direct access to the mural. For that, go to Rev Dr Enoch Jones Boulevard one block north of Jefferson to access City Pets’ parking lot.

The veterinary art of Lebanon Pike, Part 2

Dog cat mural street art Nashville
Lebanon Road Animal Hospital (not to be confused with Lebanon Animal Hospital which is actually in Lebanon where US-70 is called “Main Street”), down the street and across the road from Value Vet, takes a different approach, with an earthy, exuberant mural. Given how far back they are set from the road, that makes sense. Lebanon Road Animal Hospital also features giant paw prints in its driveway (see below).

Located at 3444 Lebanon Pike. A little tricky to access. Its driveway is squeezed between Captain D’s and a shopping complex next door. There is no link between the three parking lots, so pick the right driveway!

Part 1

Pawprints mural street art Nashville

The veterinary art of Lebanon Pike, Part 1

Iron sculpture street art Nashville
This is a tale about two neighboring veterinary centers and their very different art styles. Here we have Value Vet’s contribution, this sleek, simple dog and bone metal statue, quite in contrast to its neighbor down the street!

Located at 3423 Lebanon Pike. Limited parking at Value Vet, but plenty nearby.

On to Part 2!

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