Nashville is growing at a record pace – and so is the art scene, including public art and murals. Local art organization Nashville Walls Project is creating tons of amazing murals around the city with the goal of “giving the exteriors of Music City a new look—one that adds to the vibrancy of a community that’s already swelling with creativity.” I love and support this concept and the accessibility of street art for everyone!
My family loves to explore cities through public art – and while we are totally biased – Nashville is one of our favorite places to do this! Today, we’re sharing 11 of our favorite Nashville murals to visit and photograph! Whether you’re visiting Nashville or you reside here in Music City, make sure to check out some of these creative, stunning & larger than life murals throughout our larger than life city!
1. What Lifts You Nashville Angel Wings
Artist: Kelsey Montague
Location: 302 11th Ave. South
The Angel Wings Mural in The Gulch is very popular in Nashville (I believe it’s the most photographed mural in the city) and you’ll likely find a line of people to take a photo with this stunning work – but well worth it! There is also a pair of smaller wings on the wall right next to these – perfect for you littlest angel or even your pup! Check out the hash tag #whatliftsyou for hundreds of pictures of Kelsey Montague’s wings all over the world.
2. The Color Wall
Artist: Jason Woodside
Location: 11th Ave. South and Laurel St.
Located across the street from the Angel Wings, this is a fun & colorful place to photograph with kids.
3. Gibson Tribute Wall
Artists: Brandon Donahue & Chris Zidek & Emily Miller & Herb Williams & Sam Dunson
Location: 213 3rd Ave. North
There are several guitars in this parking lot next to Nashville’s Historic Printers Alley – all by different artists. You’ll find a favorite for sure!
4. This Cool Game
Location: 516 Hagan St.
My girls loved the light shining on the Atari-esque piece in the growing Wedgewood Houston neighborhood of Nashville. Make sure to grab a snack across the street at Dozen Bakery too for extra nourishment when playing or posing for “This Cool Game!”
5. I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE
Artist: DCXV Industries
Location: 2700 12th Ave. South
Take a walk through the 12 South neighborhood to hit several murals and find photo ops that are quintessential Nashville. Sadly, the I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE mural has been vandalized a couple times in the last several months, but Nashville always steps up and fixes it with pride as a symbol of unity and positivity! In fact, after the first vandalism incident, the community at DCXV wrote: “If you want to show your support for I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE, go do some good today. Go volunteer, offer to help someone, or just call up a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile.”
6. Place to Kiss Flowers
Location: Around 2902 12th Ave. South
Continuing South down 12 South toward Epice is the “Place to Kiss” Flowers. You can’t see it in the picture, but there is a spot on the ground that reads “Place to Kiss” – clearly it’s a great place to do handstands too.
7. Make Music Not War
Artist: Relax Max
Location: Around 2902 12th Ave. South
Directly across the alley from the flowers above – this musical mural makes a nice but subtle political statement appropriate for Music City.
8. Thistle Farms Flowers
Location: 5122 Charlotte Ave.
This mural is brand new at our beloved Thistle Stop Café – which is currently under construction but should re-open any day now. Make sure to stop in the cafe and support this Nashville institution after photographing!
9. The Dog Spot Spots
Location: 5001 Alabama Ave.
Another fun graphic piece can be found at The Dog Spot West!
10. Nashville Food Mural
Artist: Darrah Thornicus Thornhill (& others)
Location: 5001 Charlotte Ave.
“Nashville” is spelled out in food at this awesome mural next to Richland Park – which may make you hungry, so just walk around the wall to NCC Party and Supply Store for some Goo-Goo Clusters!
11. Import Flowers Sunflowers
My girls and I are already working on our second installment of Nashville Murals we Love, so please stay tuned! Also, please help me update any “unknown” artists to give them credit for their AMAZING work.
Where are your favorite murals in Nashville? Or in other cities you love? We’d love to hear!