If you’re a driver you’ve gotta park somewhere, which is why it bothers me that parking garages are usually dull and dismal places. I suppose for cars they’re the equivalent of a hotel room—not really your destination, but rather a stopping place to rest your head and store your stuff. Although I realize there may be people who enjoy hotel rooms, who look forward to them as part of the travel experience. There may even be people who plan their vacation around a specific hotel rather than the things they can do in the surrounding area. If you’re one of those people, great, no judgment—even if your possible existence did get me completely off what I was trying to say, which is that even if a hotel room is part of the journey rather than the destination there is some effort in making them comfortable and making them look nice. Is it too much to ask the same of parking garages?
That’s why this sidewalk-level entrance to a parking garage on Nashville’s West End caught my attention:
This is not the first time I’ve found public art decorating a parking garage, but, unlike the previous one just off Elliston Place, this one included these great statements by artist Brian Tull, who’s responsible for quite a bit of public art around Nashville. And these murals, like the vehicles that park in front of them, can transport you–even if only metaphorically.
I just hope these paintings don’t make whatever you’re driving feel insecure.