Nashville Walls Project To Bring Murals Downtown

Posted at 8:06 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 21:50:11-04

Multiple downtown Nashville buildings were set to become part of a new art project coming to the Music City called the Nashville Walls Project.

The project, led by local artists and business people, will bring world famous muralists to Nashville with the intention of having them raise murals on the side of buildings that have seen better days. 

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"As you can see, it's a bit of an eyesore right now, but we're going to take it form an eyesore to iconic." Dan Maddox, managing partner with Cornerstone Square Building, said of the building, which used to be a landmark in Nashville as Harvey's Department store. 

"The artist Rone is going to do a mural on the entire wall." Maddox said of a wall that once bordered another building that was torn down. 

The project, set to begin in May, is bringing 8 world-class muralists to Nashville, where they will share their gift.

"We're really excited about it." Susan Tinney of Tinney Contemporary said.

Tinney has been apart of the local arts scene for years and knows this project will be something that hasn't been seen in Nashville before. 

"These artists are working in a matter of days to create 4,000 square foot murals." Tinney explained. "I think this is a natural kind of progression of what will only enhance the city visually." 

While the Nashville Walls Project has the support and organization of members of the art community, Gibson Guitar is sponsoring the artwork and the project.

"Nothing would make me happier than to see a beautiful Les Paul on the side of a building, but that's not what this is about." David Berryman, President of Gibson Guitar said. "This is about creating great art that speaks to everybody, that everybody can enjoy." 

A company that prides itself creating works of art in the form of instruments is supporting the project in hopes of encouraging arts in all forms in the city they call home.

"Music, just like art, is an expression of emotion that transcends language, transcends cultural barriers, and we support that. We support the creativity." Berryman said.