Metro Arts Announces Pilot Intersection Murals to Commemorate 2017 Eclipse Celebration
Local Artist Troy Duff installed street murals in the Germantown neighborhood in anticipation of next week’s Eclipse
(August 17, 2017) NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Today, Metro Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) announces the installation of two street intersection murals to commemorate the citywide Total Solar Eclipse celebration. Metro Arts commissioned Nashville-based artist Troy Duff to install murals at the intersections of 4th Ave. North and Madison St. in the Germantown neighborhood and 5th Ave. North and Junior Gilliam Way near First Tennessee Park.
The Eclipse Murals project supports the goal of a more vital public realm as outlined by the recently released Public Art Community Investment Plan. The murals are just blocks away from First Tennessee Park, where Mayor Megan Barry and the Nashville Sounds will host the Total Eclipse of the Park party on August 21, 2017. As a pilot project, Metro Arts will use feedback from the installation to help develop a toolkit to streamline similar temporary walkability and transportation-related public art and creative placemaking projects in neighborhoods across the city. This work also aligns with newly released strategic plan, to support more transit-related public art opportunities for neighborhoods and local artists.
Troy Duff is a graffiti and fine artist based out of East Nashville. Duff has worked on various projects around the city, one of his most notable being the giant tomato street mural for the annual Tomato Arts Festival in East Nashville. A native of Nashville, Troy moved to Los Angeles after high school to follow his passion for graffiti. In 2006, he returned to Nashville as an experienced street artist to focus on his fine art practice. He discovered that Nashville had an appetite for his signature graffiti style. “When Metro Arts approached me about this project, I felt it was a great opportunity to activate a civic space with art,” stated Mr. Duff. “It’s always a challenge working in an active streetscape, but I think the results were worth it and I look forward to more opportunities for artists like this.”
“Our Public Art Plan suggests way we can activate our community’s shared spaces. In working with our transportation counterparts in Metro Government, we are also interested in how art can make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists,” shared Director of Public Art and Placemaking, Caroline Vincent.
The Mayor’s Office Director of Transportation and Sustainability, Erin Hafkenschiel said, “We are thrilled to see this pilot project come to fruition and hope to pilot more placemaking work like this throughout the city.”
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In 2000, a Metro ordinance was passed that earmarks one percent of the net proceeds from general obligation bonds issued for new or major renovation construction of Metro facilities to be set aside for the creation of new public art projects. In addition to Percent for Art funds, Mayor Barry’s operational budget recommendations in fiscal years 2017 and 2018 includes funds for temporary public art. For more about the public art program, please visit publicart.nashville.gov. Visit www.troyduffart.com to learn more about the artist for this project.
About the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, is the office of Arts & Culture for Metro Nashville & Davidson County. Our mission is to drive a more equitable and vibrant community through the arts. Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and additional information is available online at www.artsnashville.org.