Friday, August 9, 2013

Back to Cool: Kirkpatrick Elementary Gets an Extra Fresh Coat of Paint from Local Graffiti Artists

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Photo by Nathan Brown via
  • Photo by Nathan Brown via
Don't know about your elementary school, but mine was a dour place with bare cinder-block walls and awful vibes. It also had this weird green goo that used to seep through the floors of my basement-classroom. Middle school was only a slight improvement — no green goo, but the addition of a crudely drawn ZZ Top "Eliminator" mural that was oppressively tacky to a young aesthete in the early ’90s. (Like for serious, did my dad choose the mural? Ugh.)

The kids at Kirkpatrick Elementary in East Nashville, on the other hand, just got their institutional cool points kicked up about 80 notches. The school's community raised money to have local spraycan artisans Bryan Deese, Audie Adams and Nathan Brown freshen up the walls. The murals have all the vibrancy and energy of, well, an elementary school mural — or, at least, my idealized version of an elementary school.

These murals bristle with positivity, color and playfulness, encouraging creativity rather than suppressing it (my elementary school's specialty). Not gonna lie, I'm a little envious of these kids — that's a cool place to learn.

No word yet on whether or not these murals will become the go-to location for music videos ala the Johnny Cash Mural downtown. You can check out more picks of the Kirkpatrick Elementary murals over at Nathan Brown's blog.

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