The colorful street art in Nashville has become a fun scavenger hunt for locals and tourist. Tons of artist have come out from hiding to paint our once bare walls with images of what we know about Nashville fused with their own personal viewpoints to create historical selfie worthy murals. If you haven't taken a stroll around town to view the surrealistic pieces of art, you definitely should.
We have compiled a list of what we feel are ten of Nashville's most inspirational murals along with the local businesses that surround them. As you allow the art to take you on a road of discovery stop by the local hidden gems that belong to some our small business owners to shop, eat, support and say hello! Tell them Nodat sent you!
1.) Off The Wall Charlotte
This piece of street art was painted by Seth Prestwood a transplant from Alabama. Seth moved here when he was nineteen to attend Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. His original painting will serve as the beginning panel for a collective mission for Off The Wall Charlotte -- a sponsored project of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville -- that promotes developing our community in hopes of seeing more art in public places around Nashville. To have your art considered for this project and seen along the 1,000 foot mural, stretching from 28th Avenue to 31st Avenue click here.
Location: Across from Avo "short for Avocado" (Avo, 2018) a locally sourced, 100% plant-based vegan restaurant. 3 City Ave. #200 Nashville, TN 37209.
2.) Nashville Looks Good on You!
Painted and designed by The Nash.tn a local group of artists and small business owners whose goals are to foster artistic vibes that cultivate a community mindset that allows professional creatives to dream and grow together. You can shop for Nashville gear and novelties on their online store here. To show your support for the cause follow them on their social media!
Location: Behind Frothy Monkey "a neighborhood concept" original coffeehouse in 12 South. Serves breakfast + brunch with local ingredients every day until 5pm along with an expanded menu of lunch + dinner, an array of creative coffee options, craft beer & cocktails. 2509 12th Ave South. Nashville, TN 37204.
3.) Wedgehill Market Cassette
This urban piece of art is inspiring and brings back memories for many of us here in Nashville. Painted by Josh Blevins a local artist & designer who uses the story of his life as inspiration to create amazing street art and customized sneaker designs. You can follow him on Instagram here.
Location: On the side of Wedgehill Market a local convenience store in the South Nashville neighborhood of Wedgewood. 600 Benton Ave. Nashville, TN 37204.
4.) Kindness Is.....
Painted by locals Rebekah Reinhart and Sara Gail Nelson, founders of the brand The Kind Way. This mural was created as part of their brand's initiative to promote and scatter kindness across the globe through beautiful wildflower art. Rebekah dedicated this particular mural to Randal W. Binford "Grandy" a classic "kind lady", lover of the arts and history who volunteered her time teaching in local communities and a "Nashville grandmother" figure to her. Binder passed away on July 5, 2017. The Kind Way has plans to put up murals in different cities across the world and recently installed their second mural in Chicago in honor of Flowers for Dreams a local flower shop that donates a portion of its profits to local charities. We look forward to seeing more selfies in front of their art across social media everywhere. To show your support of their initiative you can purchase "The Kind Jacket" by contacting them on social media.
Location: Germantown across from Henrietta Red an American restaurant and Bar Room owned by Nashville natives Chef Julia Sullivan and Allie Poindexter. Offers simple fresh ingredients, wide variety of oysters, shellfish, and cocktails. 1200 4th Ave N. Nashville, TN
5.) Silo in the Nations
In the Nations of West Nashville Guido Van Helton an artist from Skagastrond, Iceland airbrushed this mural as a part of a project for The Nashville Wall Project and St. Luke's Community House to "explore the implications of gentrification on community history and social demographics" (Van Helton, 2017). His murals are known across the world to "chart the story of rural abandonment" (Christian, Wired 2017).
Location: At the intersection of 51st Ave N. and Centennial Blvd near Stocking 51 a mix-use restaurant, retail, and commercial space. Did You Nodat the warehouse space that is currently Stocking 51 was the original Bellemead Hoisery Mill Complex dating back to 1925? New owners and developers Vintage South, a real estate investment firm headquartered here in Nashville plans to restore the details and character of this old building. For inquiries regarding renting space inside of this new modern space click here. 5016 Centennial Blvd. Nashville, TN 37209.
6.) Love Heals Everybody
Painted by renowned master muralist and Co-owner of Murals & More LLC a design company that specializes in designing and hand-painting custom exterior and interior murals. Michael has been painting murals for over thirty years, inspired by Trompe L'oeil. You can learn the art of muraling from Michael and his wife Mickey in their Franklin studio.
Location: 5122 Charlotte Ave on the side of Thistle Farms a residential housing program for women that offers housing, medical care, education, and job training for women who live on the streets and survived violence, trafficking, and prostitution. You can purchase natural handmade body and home products in their store and online. Stop by to volunteer and become a part of this great initiative.
Here is another work of art from Michael Moore of Murals & More.
Location: On Charlotte Pike next to Richland Park
8.) One Day I Will Rescue Your Brother Too!
Responsible for this heart-warming piece of art is the German street art duo Hera and Akut. Painted in 2016. Their art inspires "storytelling, the creation of imaginary worlds and inspiring their figures with individual characters" (Herakut, 2017).
Location: Located on the Cornerstone Square building on 6th Ave. North past the Hermitage Hotel.
Collective mural painted by John Grider, Eric Inkala, Isaac Arnold, and Drew Peterson.
Location: 154 5th Ave North next to the Downtown Presbyterian Church "Where you are welcome. No exceptions!"
10.) Baron 63'
This mural was painted by the team at Norf Art Collective (Norf) and is part of a collective series partnered with and sponsored by Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (JUMP), United Healthcare, and local small businesses. Norf is a collection of multimedia artist who "produce art that focuses on social issues, as well as the unique culture and historical aspects of respective neighborhoods" (Norf, 2017).
Location: On the side of the Elk's Lodge building on Jefferson between 26th and 27th Avenue.
You can see more of Nashville's street art by taking a local tour with Nashville Street Art Tours. Tell them Nodat sent ya!