Nashville Walls Project Hailed Successful By Arts Community

Posted at 6:29 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 19:49:59-04

With each brush stroke and each detail, artists from around the world and Nashville helped launch Music City onto a new level when it comes to art.

It's all part of the Nashville Walls Project, presented by the Gibson Custom Shop, which for the past two months brought different muralists to Nashville to take walls they saw as blank canvases, and others saw as eyesores, and turn them into pieces of art. 

"The art scene in Nashville is like everything else in Nashville, exploding," Paul Polycarpou, editor for Nashville Arts Magazine, said. 

The Nashville Walls Project featured world-renowned artists such as RONE, HERAKUT, ABOVE, Adele Renault, and Niels 'Shoe' Meulman. They were brought to Nashville to create murals on the side of numerous buildings, including the Cornerstone building downtown. 

The final mural work in the first phase of the Nashville Walls Project featured all local artists, who worked to fill five Gibson Les Paul guitars on the side of a building in Printer's Alley. 

One of the artists, Sam Dunson, a professor at Tennessee State University, created a piece of art called "Hashtag Hero" that he hopes will create a conversation and make people think. 

"We're in a digital age where everyone feels a sense of anonymity, but also a sense of power," Dunson said of the inspiration behind his mural. "Putting a hashtag behind something is nice, but what are you going to do after that?" 

The final installment of the Nashville Walls Project proved that Nashville has great artists, but the international attention brought to Music City can only help push the arts forward in Middle Tennessee. 

For more information on the Nashville Walls Project, you can visit their website by clicking here.

Organizers said they hope to bring more international and local artists to participate in the Nashville Walls Project in the coming months.