If you’ve ever looked at my homepage or my Instagram feed, you may have gotten an inkling of a hint that I’m a fan of color. When I travel to cities, I seek out bright, bold murals that really add a sense of community to the city, and SVV and I have a blast switching off behind the camera and creating our own playful interpretations of the walls and installations.
Fifty states and 100+ countries later, though, I’ve come to find that few places can match the street art scene as my own hometown of Nashville—and Google Fiber is adding to that mural landscape by leaving its own mark to #MakeTheInternet colorful!
Over the summer, I spent a good couple of months compiling the best murals in Nashville for the blog. It was a fun, if time-consuming process, and while I highlighted more than 35, so many more have since been added to the mix.
A couple of the new additions are thanks to Nashville newcomer Google Fiber, who has enlisted the help of 13 artists in five cities across the nation to make the world a more beautiful place. As someone who relies on speedy Internet to get her job done, I’m stoked for Google Fiber to bring faster, fairer and kinder Internet to Nashville, as well as make the city more colorful.
A big reason of why I love street art of any kind is that it’s a unifying factor; it simultaneously stimulates creativity and fosters community, particularly in the age of social media when mural art is an Instagram darling—and what a fun way to make a splash in a new place, too. Well done, Google.
Since my last post on street art, I’ve scouted out these additional Nashville scenes—including two of Google Fiber’s three new installations—to add to your next mural hunt:
Google Fiber mural in the Gulch; 118 12th Ave. N (on the side of Whiskey Kitchen)
Google Fiber mural in East Nashville; 1012 Woodland St. (on the side of Five Points Pizza)
The Art of the Chalice (artists: Eastside Murals);174 3rd Ave. N (on the side of Piranha’s Bar & Grill)
Instagram’s #KindComments Mural (artist: Adrien Saporiti/DCXV Industries); 218 3rd Aven. N (on the side of Black Rabbit)
Gibson Tribute guitar wall (artists: Brandon Donahue, Chris Zidek, Emily Miller, Herb Williams, Sam Dunson);3rd Avenue N (across Printer’s Alley from Skulls)
Downtown dog mural (artist: Herakut); 204 6th Ave. N (side of Nashville Finance Co.)
Downtown Presbyterian duo of murals (artist: Tavar Zawacki); 5th Avenue N alley between Church and Commerce streets
Curiot and Rone murals (artists: Favio Martinez, Tyrone Wright); Church Street between 6th Avenue S and St. Cloud Alley (side of Oscar’s Taco Shop)
Rivive! mural (artist: Beau Stanton); 5th Avenue N and Commerce Street
Hieroglitches mural (artist: Adrien Saporiti/DCXV Industries); 2813 West End Ave. (beside the entrance to Three Brothers Coffee)
East Nashville Center 615 mural (artist: unknown); 626 Main St. (side of The Family Wash)
Cactus murals (artist: unknown); alleyway behind The Family Wash between Main and Woodland streets
The Crying Wolf mural (artist: Denton Burrows, Lauren Asta); 823 Woodland St.
The Athens of the South mural (artist: unknown); 704 Main St. (on the side of Greko Greek Street Food)
Jerry’s Artarama (artist: unknown); 713 Main St.
Here’s a handy map I put together of many of Nashville’s hottest murals:
In fact, why not visit all three Nashville mural locations and share your photos with the hashtag #MakeTheInternet colorful? If you tag me @LunaticAtLarge, I’ll repost on my social channels, too!
I love that the new murals not only make our city more beautiful but they also make the Internet beautiful, too. Thanks, Google Fiber, for adding to the fabric that makes Nashville so special and for giving us an excuse to go mural-chasing once more.