Painting has always been my first love, but I grew up in a heavy music household – with a grandmother who was a concert pianist in Poland, to an opera-singing Aunt, a tenor soloist father, a Mom who fills our house with Chopin, and a Sis who plays a mean guitar. I’ve also been known to make some classical masters roll over in their graves – ha!
So we were thrilled to head down to Nashville to celebrate Mom’s 70th this weekend. The music blew us away – way beyond expectations. But we were surprised to see that same creativity spilling over into all other aspects of life: creative clothing, food, and tons of public art were around every corner.
Amanda Perer’s “Intrude” was a delight to see in Cheekwood – and if you’re local, you can catch it until the end of this month. We made a great day of it with a stroll around the mansion and gardens, cocktails, and live jazz as the sun went down. Beautiful!
Around town, Nashville has a push for creative murals. Subject matter varied, but with a definite emphasis on Nashville’s fun and upbeat vibe!
I particularly loved these two murals that invited visitors to take selfies – both complete with the name of the artist and associated hashtags. Smart idea.
Finally, I loved these two installations, both creating a great sense of place out of random corners. Are these arrows not the coolest bike racks ever?
Have you seen great public art around your wanderings? Share your pics below – I’d love to see what you’ve come across!