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Metro Arts Sets Public Art Tour for Commissioners

Caroline Vincent


Contact: Caroline Vincent (Metro Arts)

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 25, 2013 – Commissioners of the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission will visit the city’s expanding public art collection during a bus tour on Aug. 15.

The tour will begin at noon at Metro’s Fulton campus with the “Banjos” bicycle racks by Ric Howse and conclude with a stop in Shelby Park for a look at the award-winning “Reflection” by Lawrence Argent. The stainless steel and granite creation was recently selected as one of the top 50public art projects by Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network.

The tour will conclude at the Fulton campus by 1:45p.m.

Following is a tentative schedule and overview of the city’s public art collection that will be visited by commissioners and Metro Arts staff members.

Start Tour: 12 p.m., Fulton Campus: 800 2nd Ave. South

Fulton Campus: Bike Racks: Banjos by Ric Howse

As part of our city’s green and healthy living initiatives, Metro Arts commission’s local and regional artists to design bicycle racks. The first round of artist-designed bike racks was installed in downtown Nashville and adjacent neighborhoods in the spring of 2010. Seven additional artist-designed bike racks are being installed this summer.

12:15 p.m.(stop)

McCabe Park: Aileron, by Michael Dillon

101 46th Avenue North

Installed spring of 2012 in McCabe Park, Aileron is located west of the entrance at the intersection of 46th Avenue North and Murphy Road. The location, a former airfield, inspired the design of Aileron. Representing the biplane of the early 20thcentury, this 18’ tall 25’ wide sculpture captures upward movement in the supporting structure as well the actual movement of the wing in a 360-degree horizontal wind activated motion. It was fabricated using traditional blacksmith techniques and tools that were used in the manufacturing of railroad equipment, another historic reference to Sylvan Park.

12:25 p.m.(drive by)

28th Ave. Connector Bridge and Transit Shelters

28th Avenue and Park Plaza over to Charlotte Ave.

Thread and Needle by David Dahlquist

Installed fall of 2012, Thread, the 28th Avenue Connector Bridge Enhancement and Needle,Transit Shelters are located in Park Plaza and on the 28th-31st Connector Bridge. Using sewing, threads and knot tying as a metaphor, Thread and Needles peaks to the underlying purpose of the bridge and the project as a whole. Intended to connect two formerly separated neighborhoods and cultural areas,the bridge and artwork bring the community together in a myriad of ways.

Thread(bridge) is composed of 150 steel panels featuring different sewing motifs,making a quilt-like pattern across the bridge. The steel plate quilt patterns were inspired by and developed through a series of community workshops held in2011. Needle (transit shelter) features a large scale sewing needle and images of knots and threads echoing the themes and symbols depicted in the bridge artwork.

Magnolia Shelters by Kevin Berry

Installed fall of 2012, Magnolia Transit Shelters are located at the intersection of 28thAvenue and Charlotte Avenue. As part of the 28th Ave. Connector Bridge and Transit Shelter Project, this transit shelter design is intended to help strengthen the project's overall theme of connectivity. The artwork was conceived in the spirit of uniting these two unique and diverse communities through a design directly inspired by iconic elements found in both Centennial and Hadley Park. The transit shelter design is meant to reflect a sense of place and is intended to be integrated into the surrounding environment.

12:40 p.m.(stop)

Watermarks: Hartman Park: Emergence by Buddy Jackson

2801Tucker Rd, Nashville, TN

Watermarks is a series of public artworks located in Nashville neighborhoods affected by the 2010 flood. Six artists were chosen to create artworks honoring the experiences of those touched by the flood. Each artist participated in community meeting and input sessions that informed their final designs. Each artwork serves as a place for reflection, community interaction and renewal.

From emergency comes emergence. Buddy Jackson’s artwork is a large face of an African-American woman emerging from the earth. This face serves as a symbol of every individual’s story of danger, loss, strength and determination to push through the setbacks caused by both nature and man.

Jackson states, “I learned at community meetings, that unlike other areas of Nashville,the flood is very much still in the Bordeaux community. This primarily African-American community was one of the hardest hit by the flood, the rising waters, and the aftermath of this disaster. Many homes still remain abandoned,and many people are still struggling to find resolution. I also discovered a very strong sense of pride in the community of Bordeaux, pride in how the people of the community opened shelters and help centers in the area. There is a determination that they will emerge from the water intact, made whole, and stronger than ever.” Artwork: cast water-impermeable concrete, 3.5’ h x 8’ w x5’

1:05 p.m.(quick stop/drive by)

Morgan Park: Bike Racks: On Air, 411 Hume St,Nashville, TN

1:10 p.m.(drive by)

Farmers’ Market: Bike Racks: Corn and Tomato

Bicentennial Mall, on the east side of Farmers’ Market(Rosa Parks Blvd.)

1:15 p.m.(drive by)

Public Square: Citizen by Thomas Sayer, 3rdAve. and Union

Installed during the summer of 2010, Citizen is located on the front lawn of the downtown public square and courthouse. The two 30’ tall sculptures feature a crank device at their bases, allowing the audience to point each of the two figures’ outstretched arms towards various points of interest downtown. The artist was inspired by and pays tribute to Nashville’s Civil Rights leaders, who initiated the integration of the city on this site, pointing the way both locally and nationally.

1:20 p.m.(stop)

View from Riverfront Park (west side of river): Ghost Ballet by Alice Aycock

1stAve. and Broadway

Installed in 2007, Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machine works is located on the bank of the Cumberland River, opposite downtown. The 100’ x 100’ x 60’ sculpture was Nashville’s first Percent for Public Art commission. The artwork references the site’s industrial past and visually echoes current surroundings, including nearby bridges and the NFL Titans stadium. Its dynamic form conveys a sense of the area’s evolution from an industrial working river to recreation and entertainment.

1:35 p.m.(stop)

Shelby Park: Reflection by Lawrence Argent, Shelby Ave at S. 20th

Installed fall of 2012, Reflection is located in East Nashville’s Shelby Park. Refection explores Shelby Park’s past, present and future through playful metaphors of reflection. Referencing the former amusement park and the expansive wildlife,specifically the mockingbird, it is within the sculpture’s materials and form where these whimsical reflections come together. The mirrored quality of the mockingbird parallels its natural “mimicking” qualities, while reflecting a new vista within the park. The bird perched, trophy like, is positioned on a piece of carved granite, reflecting the negative of the opposing wall. The opposing wall is carved with a swirling motion that terminates into a hole suggesting curiosity and passage.

1:45 p.m.

Return to Fulton Campus, 800 2ndAve. North

About the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts)

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission is a commission of the Metropolitan Nashville Government, provides leadership that stimulates and advances the arts to enrich the human experience for the community. Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and additional information is available online at