Artist Kelsey Montague, the nationally renowned muralist and creator of the well-known Nashville Gulch wings mural and Capitol View rainbow mural, has brought her talents to McEwen Northside in Cool Springs.
“Art in all its forms is an essential part of the human experience, and we are proud to not only support public art but also give our McEwen Northside residents and patrons the opportunity to interact with such a conversational piece,” said Marina Murphy, marketing director for Boyle Investment Company, which partnered with Northwood Ravin to develop McEwen. “The McEwen Northside district was designed to be a neighborhood that fosters a sense of community, and Kelsey’s newest mural brings that experience to life.”
With this installation, McEwen Northside will be among the first districts in Franklin to implement interactive public art.
Beyond its aesthetic impact, the mural will encourage members of the McEwen community to interact, be present and engage in dialogue around what the imagery might mean to them. It will foster connection, conversation and the community environment that the district strives for.
Depicting a series of kites tethered to tails that passersby can “hold” in photos, this piece invites viewers to share their experiences, reactions to and musings about what is most important to them. Similar to her other iconic art installations centered around the theme “What Lifts You,” Montague’s newest mural explores the intersection of public, interactive art and social media. The new mural is located on the side of Vintage Vine 100 at 4051 Aspen Grove Drive in Franklin.
“When the world has settled again, this mural will represent what I always want to ask: ‘What Lifts You?’” Montague said. “These kites will be uplifting and fun images that hopefully stop people in their tracks and get them to reflect on what is most important to them. But right now, in the midst of a pandemic, kites are metaphors for hope — something we have to keep hanging on to. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We just have to keep hanging on.”
McEwen Northside is a mixed-use development located in the center of Cool Springs in Franklin. The 45-acre development features 745,000 square feet of office space, 113,000 square feet of restaurants and specialty retail, a 310-room hotel and beautifully designed green spaces. McEwen Northside also has 340 luxury residential units that are currently available for leasing with another 430 units slated to break ground in the summer.