Nashville Zoo unveils new 'Music Kitty' mural along 12 South

Posted at 12:09 PM, Nov 18, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A newly unveiled mural is giving the 12 South neighborhood a fierce update.

The Nashville Zoo's multimedia designer Kate Johns partnered with muralist Stephan Sloan of Never Xtinct to bring the "Music Kitty" to life.

Sloan used spray paint and custom stencils to recreate the design that was featured in ads around town during the summer.

"We wanted something that was visually appealing, promoted the Zoo and tied in with Nashville," said Jim Bartoo, Nashville Zoo Marketing and Public Relations Director. "We hope this mural encourages Nashvillians and out-of-town visitors to take action to protect tiger species and others in the wild."

The zoo opened its first Sumatran tiger exhibit this past spring, which is now home to two female Sumatran tigers. These tigers are listed as critically endangered, with less than 400 left in the wild, the zoo said.

"Music Kitty" can be seen on Taqueria del Sol and TRIM Nashville's north-facing wall.