Park It.

If you’re out doing holiday shopping—and it seems like a lot of people still go out in spite of the growing number of people who do most of their gift-buying online, maybe so they can wander up and down the aisles of stores and malls gaping at the decorations or so they can laugh at some poor person trying to lug a big box to their car—you have to park somewhere. I don’t mind parking lots. I like to park a long distance from the store or wherever it is I’m going. I like the exercise and if I’m buying something big I know there’ll be some people laughing at me. Parking garages, on the other hand, make me nervous. The narrow spaces and tight turns always leave me worried I’m going to hit somebody else’s car, or damage my own. Plus they’re such dismal, utilitarian buildings. Most of them are, anyway. These pictures are from a parking garage just off Nashville’s Elliston Place—not a great place for shopping, although it is near some restaurants and if you’re up for a bit of a hike Centennial Park is a few blocks away. And you’ll probably hit somebody’s car because you’re distracted by all the cool decorations.

Even the stairwells are decorated and worth lingering in.

And don’t miss the roof.

8 Comments

  1. Ann Koplow

    As always, Chris, I’m glad I didn’t miss your blog. This made me happy.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Your comments make me happy.

      Reply
  2. BarbaraM

    I was thinking that it was a clever way to keep out graffiti artists, but then I thought, maybe they invited them to contribute in the first place.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I think some of the artists who contributed are graffiti artists, and it’s funny you should mention that. On one side of the garage there’s an unpainted stairwell that’s heavily graffitied, but the murals and such are left alone. Graffiti artists respect public art.

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  3. Bryce Warden

    I love street art. Thanks for posting these.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I really love street art too, and I’m glad it seems to be spreading.

      Reply
  4. mydangblog

    Stunning artwork!

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’m afraid my pictures didn’t even really do justice to how amazingly well the parking garage is decorated. It didn’t help that there were some cars in front of some of the nicer murals.

      Reply

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