Nashville has a long tradition of supporting public artwork. Beginning with monuments and memorials in the late nineteenth century to the large outdoor murals popping up all over the city in recent years, public art reflects Nashville’s history and personality. The ExploreNashvilleArt.com web site has a full directory of existing artworks, galleries, and thematic tours. It includes both artworks in the Metro Arts Percent for Public Art Collection and Art in Public Places, those site-specific, publically-accessible artworks not owned or managed by Metro Arts.
This summer, Metro Arts surveyed a select group within Art in Public Places, those located on Metro property but not part of the Metro Arts Percent Collection. Over fifty artworks are in this group, dating from the 1903 establishment of Centennial Park to the present. Our investigation will include a history and conditions assessment for each artwork. The report, expected to be completed fall 2017, will help Metro departments make informed decisions about the artworks in their care.
A database of Nashville’s Art in Public Places can be downloaded at the following link: Art in Public Places open dataset. Metro Arts maintains the database and will be updating it this fall based on our new research. If you have an addition, deletion or update, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.