Celebrating The Public.

Source: Nashville Scene

I love public art, especially large murals on buildings, and I feel very lucky that we seem to be in a time when those are very popular not just in Nashville but in cities everywhere. There are probably a lot of factors that have spurred the creation of murals everywhere but one thing I think has helped is a widespread desire for community, and public art is a great way to foster community. Murals on buildings that people drive or walk by are something we can all share. There’s also something very special about the fact that you don’t have to go to a museum or gallery to see them. You don’t even necessarily have to make a special trip just to see them. Often you find them on your way to somewhere else.

Source: Nashville Public Art

The murals I’m featuring here are the work of Nashville artist Charles Key. Unfortunately I didn’t take these pictures myself but I’ve seen his work around, but only in passing. Even though he has a very distinctive style, I didn’t realize I was seeing murals by the same artist.

Key was featured in a Nashville Scene article last month and his own thoughts on community, and especially the need for art in the neighborhood where he lives have stayed with me:


Why not shine light? My thing is I want to spark somebody, some little kid — spark their imagination. … Maybe I could keep somebody on the right path through this small gesture that I’m leaving in these communities.

Source: Tennessee Tribune

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  1. ANN J KOPLOW

    I loved the murals I saw in Nashville, Chris, and I adored this post. Thank you.
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I was so glad you got to see some of Nashville’s murals and I hope at some point that you can show me some in Boston.

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      1. ANN J KOPLOW

        Yes!

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  2. mydangblog

    These are really beautiful–thanks for sharing!

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’m so glad you like them.

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