Music City Center Art Collection One Of The Biggest In Nation
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Music City Center is less than two months from completion. While crews are putting finishing touches on the building, you will also find artists inside the new convention center.
All major construction at the site has finished up and crews were now giving attention to smaller details as the May opening date approaches.
"There's a little carpet left to be put in, there's a little bit of wood paneling to be put in," said Holly McCall with the Music City Center.
There is one detail yet to be completed that will have a major impact on Music City Center.
"With this little time left, there's just one big part of the project to finish and that's getting all the art installed and hung," McCall said.
The Convention Center Authority has acquired 83 pieces of art and commissioned eight large, site-specific, pieces for Music City Center.
The first piece of art to be installed is a mural by renowned artist Bob Zoell.
"It's the largest project I've worked on," Zoell said as he walked down 6th Avenue.
His mural will be 165 feet long, making it easy to see as people drive under the new convention center.
"It's close to 1000 square feet and 9,900 tiles," Zoell explained.
Each art tile will be placed on the wall by a team of tile workers. It will take them a month to complete the project.
"Happy Notes" is Zoell's whimsical take on the seasons, with a Music City influence.
"I mean, it says Nashville to anyone who lives in Nashville," the artist said.
Much of the art chosen for Music City Center was designed by local residents.
"It is a reflection of the creativity that's in the community, not just in the music industry, but all aspects of the arts," said Rich Boyd, art consultant for Music City Center.
The collection amassed by the Convention Center Authority will be one of the largest public art collections in the nation.
The Music City Center will have the feel of an art museum, and will offer visitors a tour of the collection.
"All of the art is identified with QR codes so that the art can be scanned guest will be linked automatically to a web site Where they can learn more about the artist, that particular work of art, and the Music City Center collection," according to Boyd.
The art collection has a value of $2 million and more art could be added after Music City Center opens in May.